First Weekly Address Since Recovering From Stroke
Warns of Iran’s Nuclear Threat and Need for Strong Economic Pressure from U.S.
WASHINGTON, DC â€“ 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.
â€œHello Iâ€™m Senator Mark Kirk, Iâ€™m honored to represent the people of Illinois in the Senate.
â€œIâ€™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.
â€œIran is the worldâ€™s biggest state sponsor of terror.
â€œIranâ€™s Aytatollahâ€™s are now trying to build their own nuclear weapons.
â€œIranian leaders have repeatedly threatened to annihilate Jewish families across the state of Israel.
â€œFour years ago I authored a bipartisan Iran sanctions Legislation that passed the Senate by a vote of 100-0.
â€œThese sanctions forced Iran back to the negotiating table.
â€œThey were so effective that they dropped the value of Iranâ€™s currency by Â¾.
â€œThis was probably the entire reason why the Iranians even showed up at the negotiations.
â€œLately, Iran has tried to backtrack on the promises they made to President Obama.
â€œIran now wants sanctions immediately lifted which would fund Iranâ€™s terror subsidiaries with billions.
â€œSecretary Kerry recently testified before the Senate and said it would only take two more months for Iran to build a bomb.
â€œWe must use strong economic pressure on Iran to prevent them from getting nuclear weapons.
â€œStopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons is the greatest challenge to peace in our time.
â€œAfter the Holocaust we promised â€˜never again.â€™
â€œWe must keep terrorists from hurting our allies and our nation.
â€œThank you for listening and God Bless the United States of America.â€