National Security

Congressional Democrat: Under Deal, Iran Will Be Threshold Nuclear State In a Decade

Rep. Brad Sherman (D., Calif.) continued to join the chorus of Democrats criticizing the Iran nuclear deal led by the Obama administration Thursday, calling the likelihood of Iran attaining a nuclear weapon in a decade "the ugly" portion of the deal, as well as lamenting the cash flow the rogue regime receives in the agreement.

"It is ugly," he said on Fox News Channel's America's Newsroom. "You've got the good, the bad and the ugly. The good is in the first year they get rid of most of their stockpile, they mothball two-thirds of their centrifuges. The bad is short-term, and that is they get their hands on $120 billion of their own money. The ugly is next decade, when they could have an enrichment facility of unlimited size, they could have centrifuges of unlimited efficiency, and under that standpoint they will be a threshold nuclear state."

As he stated Tuesday in a House Foreign Affairs Committee on the deal, Sherman said the sanctions relief would give Iran the funding to pursue "graft and corruption."

"Won't they also give to it terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah and terrorist nations like Syria?" host Gregg Jarrett asked.

"It's clear that they have already been providing that aid, and they will continue to provide more," Sherman said. "The limitation on the aid there is more what are they able to physically deliver, knowing that they are subject to interdiction of their deliveries … Letting Iran get its hands on its own money is the bad part of this deal. On the other hand, two-thirds of their centrifuges, 95 percent of their stockpile is the good at the beginning, so there's good and bad at the beginning. It's ugly next decade."