U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement following yesterday’s vote at the United Nations Security Council lifting international sanctions on Iran:
“Monday’s vote at the United Nations Security Council laying the groundwork for lifting UN sanctions on Iran is a blatant circumvention by President Obama of the American people’s representatives, who have yet to even receive a briefing on this deal. Despite the UN’s action, it is important to realize that U.S. sanctions against Iran will remain the law of our land, regardless of what the UN Security Council says and even as President Obama moves to waive most of them.
“This is not America’s deal with Iran. It is Barack Obama’s deal with Iran, and it does not have congressional support. It is the duty of Congress to protect American security, not follow what President Obama has described as the ‘broad international consensus.’ It will be left to the next president to quickly reimpose nuclear sanctions on Iran and to place additional sanctions on Iran’s leaders because of their ongoing support for terrorism and their human rights abuses. Any other message from U.S. leaders only serves to send the wrong message to Europe, Russia and China that Iran is open for business and that there will be no repercussions for reengaging this despicable regime.
“However, Senate Democrats face a stark choice when this deal comes before Congress for a vote in September. They can either stand with President Obama and allow this flawed agreement to go through, or they can stand with a majority of the American people, our friend Israel and our moderate Arab allies in the region, all of whom understand this deal will only enrich Iran, put it on the threshold of a nuclear weapons capability and allow it to continue its mayhem in the Middle East.”