Reid: Deal 'Does Nothing But Stop Iran from Getting a Nuclear Weapon'
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said there is no alternative to the nuclear agreement with Iran, which he argued would make Israel safer.
“I think those of us who believe we should not approve this proposal is one that recognizes that if we do, as I said in my remarks, we’re alone in the world community. We’re alone. Sanctions will no longer be effective, you know, we’ll be able to have some sanctions but we learned a long time ago that our doing it alone doesn’t work,” Reid said at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Tuesday.
“I mean, we made some sacrifices blocking this agreement economically but other countries made significant sacrifices also – and, as I indicated here, they want to begin trade relations with Iran. It’s a country of 50 million people, there’s potential there,” he added.
Reid said the agreement does a better job than any other proposal to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
“This agreement that we have the opportunity to affirm does nothing but stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon; that’s the purpose of it. It doesn’t stop other things. We will continue to assert our influence and our power to make sure their meddling in other places will be at a relative minimal,” he said.
Reid said everyone understands the threat Iran poses to the U.S. and Israel.
“With powerful weapons, hateful words, anti-Semitic smears and pledges of the Jewish state’s destruction no one can underestimate this menace and no one should dismiss how much more dangerous Iran would be in this regard if it were to have a nuclear bomb,” Reid said.
Reid added that the U.S. government recognizes the threat of Iran’s support for Hezbollah and Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad as well as Iran’s “brazen” human rights violations.
“We recognize the danger Iran poses to our allies, our interests and our own troops and our diplomats serving around the world in peril every day of their lives in the Middle East, certainly. No one is blind to the threat Iran poses but, again, no one should forget that Iran would become a threat of an entirely different magnitude if it ever were to have a nuclear weapon,” he said.
Reid predicted the Senate would successfully reject the agreement but that there would not be enough votes to override President Obama’s veto.
“It’s clear the Senate is going to reject this agreement. We’re all together. There are a few dissenting votes,” Reid said.