Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In this week’s Republican address, Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois spoke of the ongoing need to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.
Kirk, the co-author of sanctions legislation in the Senate, said the United States and its negotiating partners in the nuclear talks must continue to use strong economic pressure on Iran to prevent the country from getting nuclear weapons.
“‘Lately, Iran has tried to backtrack on the promises they made to President Obama,” said Kirk. “Iran now wants sanctions immediately lifted which would fund Iran’s terror subsidiaries with billions. Secretary Kerry testified before the Senate and said it would only take two more months to build a bomb.”
Kirk argues that the current economic sanctions are what forced Iran back to the negotiating table.
Read the full transcript of the Republican address:
Hello I’m Senator Mark Kirk, I’m honored to represent the people of Illinois in the Senate.
I’m here today to talk about my work to ensure that the next generation of Americans never has to hear about a nuclear war in the Persian Gulf.
Iran is the world’s biggest state sponsor of terror.
Iran’s Aytatollah’s are now trying to build their own nuclear weapons.
Iranian leaders have repeatedly threatened to annihilate Jewish families across the state of Israel.
Four years ago I authored a bipartisan Iran sanctions Legislation that passed the Senate by a vote of 100-0.
These sanctions forced Iran back to the negotiating table.
They were so effective that they dropped the value of Iran’s currency by ¾.
This was probably the entire reason why the Iranians even showed up at the negotiations.
Lately, Iran has tried to backtrack on the promises they made to President Obama.
Iran now wants sanctions immediately lifted which would fund Iran’s terror subsidiaries with billions.
Secretary Kerry recently testified before the Senate and said it would only take two more months for Iran to build a bomb.
We must use strong economic pressure on Iran to prevent them from getting nuclear weapons.
Stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons is the greatest challenge to peace in our time.
After the Holocaust we promised ‘never again.’
We must keep terrorists from hurting our allies and our nation.
Thank you for listening and God Bless the United States of America.
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