House Speaker Paul Ryan blasted the Iran nuclear deal Thursday, arguing that the country’s behavior has worsened since the agreement was struck between the Obama administration and five other world powers in 2015.
The Wisconsin Republican’s comments come as the Trump administration gears up to announce whether it will certify the agreement, which lifts economic sanctions in exchange for Iran delaying the expansion of its nuclear program.
“I think this deal was a bad deal — it allows them to get nuclear weapons,” Ryan told reporters at his weekly press conference. “And Iran has been bullying their neighbors, they’ve been destabilizing the region, they are basically at war with some of their neighbors. Their activities and behaviors have only gotten worse since the Iran Deal.”
The speaker said he believes that the last administration made substantial mistakes in terms of international relations with the country.
“I think we are due for a comprehensive strategy in Iran and I think that’s what the administration is working on and getting set to announce,” Ryan said. “With respect to some of these other multilateral deals, if they were bad deals than they were bad deals, and if they can replace it with superior policy then that’s what any new administration should try to do.”
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