Kirk Delivers Weekly Republican Address on Iran

First Weekly Address Since Recovering From Stroke

Warns of Iran’s Nuclear Threat and Need for Strong Economic Pressure from U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) gave the Weekly Republican Address about the threat posed by Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, and about his efforts in Congress to remove the threat of nuclear war in the Middle East by imposing economic pressure on the Iranian regime.

Senator Kirk gave the Republican Address in 2009 when he was a U.S. Representative. This is the first Weekly Republican Address Kirk has given since returning to the Senate in January 2013 after suffering a stroke.

The audio of the address is available here, the video will be available here and you may download the address here. A full transcript of the address follows:

“Hello I’m Senator Mark Kirk, I’m honored to represent the people of Illinois in the Senate.

“I’m here today to talk about my work to ensure that the next generation of Americans never has to hear about a nuclear war in the Persian Gulf.

“Iran is the world’s biggest state sponsor of terror.

“Iran’s Aytatollah’s are now trying to build their own nuclear weapons.

“Iranian leaders have repeatedly threatened to annihilate Jewish families across the state of Israel.

“Four years ago I authored a bipartisan Iran sanctions Legislation that passed the Senate by a vote of 100-0.

“These sanctions forced Iran back to the negotiating table.

“They were so effective that they dropped the value of Iran’s currency by ¾.

“This was probably the entire reason why the Iranians even showed up at the negotiations.

“Lately, Iran has tried to backtrack on the promises they made to President Obama.

“Iran now wants sanctions immediately lifted which would fund Iran’s terror subsidiaries with billions.

“Secretary Kerry recently testified before the Senate and said it would only take two more months for Iran to build a bomb.

“We must use strong economic pressure on Iran to prevent them from getting nuclear weapons.

“Stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons is the greatest challenge to peace in our time.

“After the Holocaust we promised ‘never again.’

“We must keep terrorists from hurting our allies and our nation.

“Thank you for listening and God Bless the United States of America.”