National Security

Marco Rubio: I Would Revoke Obama’s Bad Iran Deal If Elected President

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) said that if he is elected president, he would revoke any deal President Obama makes with Iran.

"I just think the deal is premised on an agreement on something that is totally unacceptable, and quite frankly, abandons almost a decade of sanctions built on the idea originally that they would not be allowed to enrich," Rubio said.

The freshman senator warned that Iran’s actions unsettling the Middle East should not go overlooked while the world focuses on their nuclear ambitions. He noted that the deal Obama is desperately pursuing will not stop Iran from being a bad actor and would only delay Iran’s ability to create a nuclear weapon.

"Any agreement that allows Iran to retain enrichment capability, leaves in place the infrastructure they will need in five, 10, eight, whenever they decide to ramp up enrichment and produce a weapon," Rubio said.

Rubio warned that the outcome of the North Korea negotiations could repeat themselves in Iran and any deal reached with Iran will give precedent for other countries in the Middle East to pursue nuclear capabilities.

Rubio has positioned himself as the GOP candidate with the most foreign policy experience, coming out as one of the strongest attackers of Obama’s negotiations with the Ayatollah.

He has also demanded that any deal be consulted with Congress, something the Obama administration is unlikely to do. For this reason, Rubio said he does not believe any deal reached will live beyond Obama’s presidency, especially if he is the next chief.

"It won’t survive this president in terms of, you know, a future president will have to decide whether to live by it or not. It’s not enforceable. It doesn’t have the force of law," Rubio said.