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Rep. Kinzinger: Europe Must Make Choice — Iran or the US

Rep. Kinzinger: Europe Must Make Choice — Iran or the US
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. (Tom Williams/AP)

By    |   Monday, 04 June 2018 04:02 PM EDT

The United States' allies in Europe must make a decision whether to stand with the United States or with Iran, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., said Monday, in response to calls from Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari for the world to stand up to President Donald Trump's "bullying" behavior after the president pulled out of the accord last month.

"Our European friends are going to have to make a decision," Kinzinger, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Fox News' "Happening Now."

"Are you going to ally with one corner of the world's economy, which is the United States, and economy and a nation that protects the world's shipping and trade with their Navy versus an economy that has fast boats for the sole purpose of shutting down the Persian Gulf?"

The United States, he continued, works to stabilize the Middle East, while Iran "has its Iranian revolutionary guard in Syria, that's giving 150,000 rockets to go after Israel."

Zarif, in a letter to his counterparts last week, asked the remaining countries in the Iran deal to "make up" for his country's losses if they want to save the deal, reports the Israeli newspaper Haaretz

"The JCPOA (nuclear deal) does not belong to its signatories, so one party can reject it based on domestic policies or political differences with a former ruling administration," he said in the letter, which was published in part by Iranian state news agency IRNA on Sunday.

Kinzinger said he hopes Europe is not leaning toward siding with Iran, even though officials there have not made a decision yet on the deal, and he does not think they will back Iran over the United States.

"We all know the Europeans are our friends and we love them to death, but they're not really good at leading and world issues," Kinzinger said. "They always end up following begrudgingly the United States and look back and realize that was the right thing to do.

"So now you have some other businesses that are pretty upset because they have been investing in doing business with a terrible regime, and now they realize they have to choose between that regime or the United States of America."

Iran has said the United States' decision to pull out of the deal goes against international law, a point Kinzinger ridiculed.

"This is Iran that steps up terrorist groups, that goes after our friends in Israel, backs a regime that kills innocent people, including 50,000 children [with Syrian leader] Bashar al-Assad, so in terms of international law, I'm not sure Iran is the expert on that," Kinzinger said. "The United States has every right to make a decision on our foreign policy. The president made a decision that this Iran nuclear deal was not in our best interest."

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Stand with the United States or with Iran, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told Fox News on Monday about Europe's upcoming choice after President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
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Monday, 04 June 2018 04:02 PM
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