On Sunday, BBC News reported that the U.N. Nuclear Agency had announced that Iran had converted all of its enriched uranium into more harmless forms which can be used as fuel for a nuclear reactor, but not for bomb-making purposes.
The conversion was part of a deal struck between Iran and six world powers, the U.S., France, China, Russia, Germany and the UK. Iran agreed to the conversion but maintained that it had never had any ambition to build a nuclear weapon in the first place. All of their enrichment programs, they said, were intended to produce material for power plants and medical purposes.
In return for Iran’s compliance with the agreement the U.S. has agreed to unblock $2.8 billion in frozen Iranian assets.
Another report, this one from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said that Iran is honoring all of its other commitments under the agreement, indicating that they are serious about wanting the diplomatic processes to continue and are willing to make compromises.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif issued a joint statement last week saying that “there are still significant gaps on some core issues which will require more time and effort.”
One member of the House of Representatives however was not impressed. Two days later on Tuesday Representative Louis Gohmert (R-TX) took to the floor to demand that we either bomb Iran now or step aside and allow Israel to do so.
Saying that Israel is engaged in a “battle for peace” he demanded that we “cut off every dime” going to anyone in the Mideast who is killing innocent children (an exception to be made for Israel we expect) he concluded his remarks with:
“It is time to bomb Iran’s nuclear capabilities. It is time for the United States, if we are not going to stop Iran’s nukes, then let Israel do it. A friend will not put another friend in this kind of jeopardy.”
Watch Gohmert’s rant in the video below.