The re-imposed sanctions against Iran, which will be fired up at midnight, will have a dramatic effect, as the Iranian economy is “so in the toilet” people are struggling, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Monday.
“The Iranian government spends all of its money funding terror rather than roads and schools, and even programs that help people to live and job, so as a result, these sanctions are going to feel pretty harsh within the Iranian economy,” Huckabee told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”
But the sanctions are needed and should never have been removed, said Huckabee, adding that there were several mistakes made with the Obama-era international nuclear agreement with Iran.
“The blunder was shipping pallets of cash over to them, taking the sanctions off, and giving them a green light to go ahead with their nuclear program,” said Huckabee. “I think it’s a terrific thing we’re getting them back. I wish it had never happened.”
The fault does not just lie with former President Barack Obama, but also with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Huckabee.
“It should have been a treaty,” he said. ” It never was. It has been a disaster from day one to have ever created this situation that really has resulted in the president coming back and saying we’re putting the sanctions back on.”
The Trump administration has long blamed Corker for the bill after he sponsored the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act in 2015. The law has been described as enhancing Congressional authority to review any agreement with Iran before allowing a president to list sanctions that were imposed by Congress.
However, according to Politifact, Corker vocally opposed the Iran deal, urged other lawmakers to reject the agreement and himself voted against it.
Meanwhile, Huckabee said he expects Iranian leaders to “complain and whine and make threats” over the sanctions, which will target trade in gold and other precious metals, coal, and more.
“Increasingly, if they don’t have the money to keep funding terror and they have to fund the basic essence of life for the people of their country, that’s a good thing, but nothing is going to bring these villains and thugs to any type of reasonable life, any type of responsible action other than, you know, getting them in a head lock and forcing it,” said Huckabee.
Iran, he added, “are not people you reason with. They’ve kidnapped and killed Americans, they’ve plotted terror around the world. They fund Hezbollah, Hamas, they fund every kind of mayhem across the planet. These are not good people. Let’s not pretend that we can sit down and make nice with them because we can’t.”
He said he also does not think President Donald Trump should meet with Iranian leaders without some preconditions first.
“These are not people you can sit down and give any type of credibility to,” he said. “I don’t think it’s compareal to the North Korean situation which was somewhat of an unconditional meetings. The Iranians have a long history of violating every agreement they made.”
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