Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Russia Arms Iran As Kerry Refuses To Use U.N. Veto

Iran Rising: Tehran is spending billions under the Iran nuclear deal to buy arms, including advanced Russian fighters. The U.S. has a weapon — our U.N. veto — but Secretary of State John Kerry won’t use it.
When the United Nations endorsed President Obama’s Iran nuclear pact last year, it refuted the charge that Tehran would use the tens of billions of dollars in sanctions relief to dominate the Mideast militarily by requiring U.N. Security Council approval for some conventional arms sales to Iran. And like everything the Security Council does, the U.S. enjoys veto power over such approval.
But what use is a veto if we won’t use it?
During testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry was asked the following by House Democrat Brad Sherman of California: “Under the U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, Russia can’t sell fighter planes to Iran unless the Security Council specifically approves that. I’ll ask you, will we use our veto to prevent fighter planes from being sold to Iran from Russia?”
Kerry’s answer was a continuation of the appeasement of the world’s foremost terrorist state that is a hallmark of the Obama administration.
“Well, I don’t think you have to use a veto,” Kerry answered, adding that “there’s a committee” it will go through. When Sherman pressed, “And would we use our veto if necessary to prevent the sale?” Kerry responded, “I haven’t looked at the specifics of the transaction,” but “in principle, we are very concerned about the transfer of weapons” and “would approach it with great skepticism … (if) the committee signs off on it, I assure you. We’ll stay in touch with you.”
Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.

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