Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) said that the current deal between the Obama administration and Iran could potentially lead to nuclear war, in an interview with The Atlantic.
Cotton expressed grave concerns over the agreed upon framework for a nuclear nonproliferation deal with Iran, saying:
“If we agreed to the kind of proposal the Obama administration has made, then military confrontation may be further off, but it might also be nuclear.”
He believes that the proposal could actually empower Iran’s nuclear capabilities, adding that it could “inevitably” lead to military clashes:
“Twenty years, 10 years, 12 years, who knows? The proposal puts Iran on the path to being a nuclear-arms state, and I think once Iran becomes a nuclear-arms state, this will lead inevitably to some kind of military confrontation.”
The freshman senator also alluded to the tactics that Iran would likely use, citing conversations he’s had with Israeli officials. The Arkansas Republican believes in the possibility of Iran utilizing terrorist organizations to carry out attacks:
“I’ve consulted with various senior members of the Israeli government over the years, and they’re aware of the possibility that Iran might use Hezbollah, in particular, to retaliate in an asymmetric way for any military strikes, either American or Israeli, and the assessment I’ve heard from them is that while that is a risk, it is a risk they can manage.”
Cotton, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, has been a strong critic of the Iranian government. He penned the open letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic, threatening to dismantle any deal upon the arrival of a new administration.