Cheney: Obama is giving Iran means to destroy U.S.

Cheney has criticized President Barack Obama and the nuclear deal with Iran in what has been deemed one of the harshest statements by a U.S. official. (AP)

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney will say on Tuesday that President Barack Obama is responsible for directly equipping Iran with the capability to destroy the United States, dubbing the negotiated nuclear deal with Islamic republic as “madness,” U.S. media reported excerpts of his expected speech.

“This agreement will give Iran the means to launch a nuclear attack on the U.S. homeland,” CNN quoted an excerpt of Cheney’s speech. The former vice president will deliver his remarks to the American Enterprise Institute on the Iran nuclear deal.

He added: “I know of no nation in history that has agreed to guarantee that the means of its own destruction will be in the hands of another nation, particularly one that is hostile.”

Prior to the expected speech, the White House posted Tuesday morning, a compilation of Cheney interviews on the Iraq War.

In an op-ed recently published in the Wall Street Journal, an excerpt from Cheney’s upcoming book “Exceptional: Why the world needs a powerful America,” the former vice president compares the Iran nuclear deal to the 1938 Munich pact that led to World War II.

“The Obama agreement will lead to a nuclear-armed Iran, a nuclear-arms race in the Middle East and, more than likely, the first use of a nuclear weapon since Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” he wrote.

U.S. Senate Democratic leader defends deal

Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the U.S. Senate, said on Tuesday the nuclear agreement with Iran will survive review by Congress.

“This agreement will stand,” he said in prepared remarks set for delivery to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.

Shortly before Reid spoke, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin said he would be the fourth Senate Democrat to object to the deal.

However, 38 senators have already expressed their support, enough to sustain Obama’s veto of any congressional resolution disapproving of the agreement.

(With Reuters)
 

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