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February 12, 2015 3:10 pm

Sen. Chuck Schumer Says He Will Vote for New Iran Sanctions if March 24 Deadline Missed

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US Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y., at right) with Bob Cohen, the president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), on the stage of the 2014 AIPAC conference. Schumer said he will vote for additional sanctions on Iran if a nuclear deal is not reached by the Marxh 24 deadline. Photo: AIPAC. – US Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday said he is prepared to vote for additional sanctions against Iran if the Islamic Republic does not reach a political framework agreement with its Western negotiating partners by a March 24 deadline, according to a statement that was first obtained by

Schumer—a co-sponsor of the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015, the Iran sanctions bill initiated by US Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)—called a nuclear Iran “a huge threat to the United States and an existential threat to Israel.”

“I agree with Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu that a nuclear Iran is an existential threat to Israel,” Schumer said. “One nuclear weapon, hurled from Iran to Israel, could end the Jewish state and could kill almost as many Jews as did Hitler. A successful deal will not be a middle-of-the-road compromise, but a deal that removes any possibility of Iran being able to use nuclear weapons.”

He added, “A nuclear Iran could send weapons to Saudi oil fields, destroying them and sending the world economy into chaos, and could poison our atmosphere. A nuclear Iran would further destabilize an already-volatile region, and fuel more aggressive support of Iranian-backed terror organizations. To those who say Iran is not going to use a weapon, I say: if there is only a 10 percent chance Iran uses a nuclear weapon, it is vital we prevent it.”

President Barack Obama has vowed to veto the new Iran sanctions bill if it passes in Congress. Schumer said he has been “one of the leaders in pushing the toughest possible sanctions against Iran.”

“A nuclear Iran is an unacceptable scenario,” said Schumer. “I believe the only way Iran will voluntarily stop their march for nuclear weapons is if they know that tougher and tougher sanctions will be enacted if they fail to come a strong agreement that prohibits them from obtaining nuclear weapons. The only thing that brought Iran to the table were strong sanctions, not the goodness of their hearts. … If Iran does not come to an agreement by March 24, I stand ready to vote for additional sanctions.”

Following the March 24 deadline for a framework agreement, the deadline for a final nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 powers (a group that includes the U.S.) is June 30.

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  • Dr.Joji Cherian

    What else you can expect from a traitor who is so concerned with threat to Israel rather than the interests of America.Pushed to the wall these traitors will be kicked out of America, by the American people.America is really a banana republic where traitors like Schumer, Cantor,Lieberman walk around freely destroying the freedom of Americans

  • Jack Zeller

    Dear Senator Schumer,
    The March agreement is one of principle with no powers of implementation. It will be sufficiently vague to permit Iran to do as they will and it will ALSO bring an end to all sanctions.
    Nothing could be more dangerous. It is very difficult for me to distinguish between your positions and Obama. Both of you believe that Iran will behave better once they are permitted to have their unencumbered centrifuges, more centrifuges for peaceful purposes, unlimited amounts of 5% enriched uranium and unmonitored or completely unknown nuclear facilities.

  • Jonah

    The day the congress gives Obama fast track authority to arm Islamic militants worldwide to fight against Isis without congressional oversight that day will be the beginning of the great tribulation. Revelation talks of millions of Christians martyred and beheaded, during that time, standing before the throne on a sea of glass who come out of the tribulation as martyred saints. It is the time of Jacobs trouble.

  • We are reliving the times when Rabbi Wise and his fellow Jewish followers sold out the Jews of the holocaust.

  • Eddi Haskell

    Will PM Netanyahu’s speech, and the rancor it is causing, help or hurt any sanctions bill? Assuming every Republican Senator — 54- votes for the sanctions bill (which is not a given), 13 out of 46 Democrats – and the 2 independents that vote with them — will need to vote to overturn the veto. I can even give you a list — NY (Shumer, Gillbrand), Florida (Nelson), California (Boxer, Feinstein) – New Jersey (Booker, Menendez), Maryland (Cardin, Mikulski), Pennsylvania (Casey), Illinois (Durbin), Connecticut (Blumenthal, Murhpy) are all Democratic Senators from states with substantial Jewish populations what will need to embarrass their own President and perhaps open themselves up to primary challenges from the left by voting for sanctions and to torpedo any deal. Has the rancor that has been caused by this speech hurt or help the chance that Mr. Netanyahu can start a war within the Democratic Party and have sitting Democrats come out against their President? This is the question that really should be focused on.