Romney warns President Obama over Iran nuclear deal

Romney warns President Obama over Iran nuclear deal

HomeUSPolitics Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:2PM

Former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney has warned US President Barack Obama not to reach an agreement with Iran over the country’s nuclear program.

In a USA Today op-ed published Friday, the former presidential candidate suggested that Obama could silence critics like him by walking away from the deal and that would be “courageous” and “right.”

“Turning down a weak deal may be too much to expect from a president who walked back from his own red line in Syria, but we can hope,” Romney wrote.

“Signing an agreement — any agreement — would undoubtedly be a political home run. The news media would repeatedly feature the signing ceremony,” he said.

Romney noted that striking a deal with Iran by the US president could boost former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s chances in the next presidential election.

“The president would look, well, presidential,” he said. “An agreement would also boost the prospects for Hillary Clinton: achievement by association.”

The former Republican presidential nominee called on President Obama to listen to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and put further pressure on Tehran.

“The president claims that during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress, he didn’t offer a solution. Maybe we read different texts,” he said.

The warning was issued following a letter by some Republican senators who warned that whatever agreement reached between Iran and the US would be a “mere executive agreement” that could be revoked “with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.”

President Obama said he is “embarrassed” for Republican senators who signed the letter.

He said it was “close to unprecedented” that members of Congress would send a letter to Iran’s leaders carrying the message that “don’t deal with our president because you can’t trust him to follow through on an agreement.”

This is while a new round of talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is expected to take place in Lausanne, Switzerland on March 15.

Nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group — the US, Britain, France, China, Russia, and Germany — have entered a sensitive final stage ahead of the July 1 deadline for a comprehensive agreement.

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