By Aaron Klein
John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, slammed the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran as an “American Munich,” warning the deal will not only make Iran a nuclear state but will result in “half a dozen nuclear weapons states” across the Middle East.
“This deal is an American Munich,” Bolton told KleinOnline, comparing the pact with the ill-fated Munich Agreement which sought to appease Nazi Germany by annexing portions of Czechoslovakia.
Bolton continued: “Barack Obama is trying to appease the mullahs in Tehran by making one concession after another. The result will be not just a nuclear Iran, but half a dozen nuclear weapons states in the world’s most volatile and dangerous region.”
Bolton was responding to the historic nuclear accord announced early Tuesday between the United States, Iran and other world powers.
The former ambassador’s comments about a nuclear arms race stand in stark contrast to President Obama’s own remarks at an early morning news conference following the conclusion of the deal.
Stated Obama: “This deal demonstrates that American diplomacy can bring about real and immediate change. … Today, because America negotiated from a position of strength and principle, we have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region.”
However, there are already signs moderate regimes like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and others are seeking a legal nuclear program.
In an interview with CNN in March, the Saudi Ambassador to the United States refused to rule out the possibility of the Saudis building a nuclear weapon to counterbalance Iran’s nuclear program.
“This is not something we would discuss publicly,” stated Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir. Later, when pressed again by CNN host Wolf Blitzer, Jubeir said, “This is not something that I can comment on, nor would I comment on.”
“But the kingdom of Saudi Arabia will take whatever measures are necessary in order to protect its security,” he added. “There are two things over which we do not negotiate: Our faith and our security.”
Also in March, Russia inked a $10 billion deal to build Jordan’s first nuclear power plant.
In February, Russia signed a preliminary agreement to jointly build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant.
The United Arab Emirates in 2009 signed a $20 billion deal with Korea Electric Power Corporation for the country’s nuclear power plan which is currently under construction.