Yoho OK on Iran deal
Published: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 6:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 6:34 p.m.
Unlike some in his party, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho seems willing to give Iran a chance to come around on the development of its nuclear program.
In a statement issued Monday about the deal between Iran and the world's major powers, the Gainesville Republican indicated a diplomatic way to handle Iran's nuclear stockpile was a better option than what some GOP lawmakers have been advocating.
"I welcome the opportunity for diplomacy. It is always preferable to sending our sons and daughters into harm's way," said Yoho, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
"Let it never be forgotten that military action has its costs, certainly on the American taxpayer, but most importantly on the lives and families of the brave men and women we send into the battlefield. For that reason I am hopeful for peace."
Yet, the freshman lawmaker added, America should remain wary of Iran's intentions until shown otherwise.
"President (Hassan) Rouhani's past actions and statements require a skeptical eye," Yoho said.
"Iran remains the world's leading state sponsor of terror. In this deal, the devil is truly in the details. The verify part needs to come before the trust."
Iran on Sunday agreed to keep its production of enriched uranium at levels fitting for churning out nuclear energy, as opposed to weapons, in exchange for the West relaxing some of the sanctions that have hobbled the nation's economy.
Many lawmakers were critical of the deal, which runs for six months as a longer-term agreement is worked out, arguing that it weakened America's resolve in keeping Iran in check.
That group included some Democrats, but in recent years Republicans frequently have urged more drastic action, such as military strikes on Iran's facilities, either by Israel or by the U.S.
For example, a bill introduced last month by Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks says unless Iran backs off its program, the U.S. is "capable, willing and ready to use military force to prevent Iran from obtaining or developing a nuclear weapons capability."
The measure authorizes the Obama administration to invoke "all options" to stop that, and provides congressional consent to an "appropriate and necessary use of force."
Franks' bill has 29 sponsors, all Republicans. Yoho is not among them.
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