Rep. Buchanan Urges Tough Stance Vs. Iran
Secretary of State Claims "Progress” as Ayatollah says "Death to America"
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, today called on Secretary of State John Kerry to hold a hard line with Iran after its supreme leader publicly shouted "Death to America" during a speech in Tehran over the weekend. The hate-filled remarks by Ayatollah Khamenei came on the same day Secretary Kerry claimed that "substantial progress" has been made toward an agreement on Iran's nuclear capabilities.
"The U.S. should stand strong against any regime that calls for death to America," Buchanan said. "It's time to let the world know that America is serious about protecting its interests and its allies."
Buchanan expressed serious concerns over reports that the current agreement being negotiated would allow Iran to continue to operate up to 6,000 centrifuges. The U.S initially sought to reduce the number of centrifuges to 1,500 from the 10,000 in service now.
"Accepting any agreement that leaves the door open to Iran's continued pursuit of a nuclear weapon should be a non-starter," Buchanan said. "No deal is better than a bad deal."
Both sides have said they hope to complete the framework of a final nuclear deal by the end of March and reach a full agreement by June 30.