Unlike the majority of Republicans, former U.S. Congressman and three-time Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul hailed the agreement reached between the United States and Iran as a “great development.”
On July 14, Iran, the U.S., and five other countries involved in talks over Iran’s nuclear program announced a historic deal. That deal will include caps on Iran’s nuclear fuel stockpile, and a reduction in enriching uranium and producing plutonium in exchange for uplifting crippling sanctions on Iran’s economy.
Paul, who is one of the most avid anti-war figures among his Republican colleagues, praised Obama for his consistent diplomacy persuasion about Iran’s nuclear deal.
As he wrote on his website Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Liberty, “This move shows that diplomacy can produce peaceful, positive changes. It also shows that sometimes taking a principled position means facing down overwhelming opposition from all sides and not backing down.” (Source: Ron Paul Institute, last accessed July 20, 2015.)
The deal is facing many critics from both sides of the aisle; most of the Republicans and some Democrats express their skepticism about the deal. Paul expressed his concern: “Already they are organizing media and lobbying efforts to defeat the agreement in Congress.”
According to the deal, American, European, and Iranian officials say an agreement to suspend all the Security Council’s Iran sanctions resolutions would be gradual as the processes are made. Paul commends the lifting of the sanctions, calling it the “most important” part of the deal. “Government-to-government relations are one thing, but real diplomacy is people-to-people: business ventures, tourism, and student exchanges.”
Ron Paul disagreed with his son Rand Paul who is a 2016 Republican Presidential nominee. After the deal announced, Sen. Rand Paul said he will vote against the agreement. “The deal is bad because one, sanctions relief precedes evidence of compliance [and] two, Iran is left with significant nuclear capacity. It also lifts the ban on selling advanced weapons to Iran.”