News ID: 126350
Published: 0846 GMT September 06, 2015

Republicans' objections to Iran deal ‘unreasonable’: Analyst

Republicans' objections to Iran deal ‘unreasonable’: Analyst

A former American official has blasted Republicans for opposing the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of nations, saying they are "unreasonable."

Michael Springmann made the criticism in an interview about GOP Senator Pat Toomey’s stance on the accord.

The senator said on Saturday that “this deal will make military conflict more likely, not less" because of its many “holes.”

Springmann said on Sunday that “these people go on with imaginary serious problems with the deal and there is no specificity involved, there is no analysis involved, there is no history involved.”

Republicans believe without any reason that “Iran is evil and whatever we can do to Iran to make life miserable for the average Iranian man on the street is a good thing,” he told Press TV.

“Iran has not invaded anybody in the last 200 years to the best of my knowledge yet the United States and Israel seem to attack every country in the world that doesn’t seem to agree with their dominance and their views on economics and politics,” he maintained.

Springmann, who is the former head of the American visa bureau in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in the Reagan and former Bush administrations, said that the ranting “about non-existent weapons in Iran and the fact that Iran is going to attack the rest of the world all by itself is a special kind of madness.”

Republicans have been openly criticizing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that Iran and the P5+1 group of nations – Russia, US, UK, France, China and Germany- agreed upon in July.

Most Republicans, along with a number of prominent Senate Democrats, have opposed the agreement and have declared that they will vote against it in Congress.

Meanwhile, 38 senators - 36 Democrats and two liberal-leaning independents – have decided to vote in favor of the agreement, which is enough to uphold a presidential veto in case of an initial turn-down.

The text of the JCPOA is being reviewed in Congress and the lawmakers have until September 17 to vote on it.

   
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