WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement in response to the president’s press briefing today on the implementation of the Iran Deal and the release of the Americans that were being detained by Iran:
“I celebrate with the families of our five Americans who are coming home after years of being unjustly detained in Iran. As for the release of Pastor Saeed, his journey reminds us that religious persecution still exists in our world today.
“While President Obama and Sec. Kerry say that this points to a safer world, they could not be more wrong. Americans should be exasperated by the Obama administration's new found trust in a country that has called for America's destruction and that continues to be the leading state sponsor of terrorism. Since the administration negotiated its deal with Iran, Iran has repeatedly proven it cannot be trusted and recent actions only reinforce this fact. Just months ago in October and then again in November, Iran flagrantly violated United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929 by testing one of their medium range rockets capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. In January, Iran fired multiple rockets within a mile of the U.S.S. Harry Truman and two other coalition ships in the Strait of Hormuz. In the meantime, the Iran Deal is releasing billions of dollars to Iran through the easing of sanctions while failing to provide a sure method to monitor and verify all Iranian nuclear operations. It also provided clemency to 7 Iranians who were accused or convicted of sanction violations, which provided Iran with key technology to improve their nuclear, ballistic missile and other military capabilities, and it removed 14 Iranians from an Interpol wanted list. It is time for new leadership that will work with Congress to reverse any dangerous long-term implications of this deal that are putting our country and our allies at greater risk.”