Expert: Iran is on a Weapons Shopping Spree in Russia and China

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: May 17, 2016 1:00 PM
Expert: Iran is on a Weapons Shopping Spree in Russia and China

During an Oversight Committee hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill, American Enterprise Institute Scholar Michael Rubin warned the vague language in the Iranian nuclear deal has allowed the regime to become the best customers of U.S. adversaries.

"A major flaw in the agreement is that it bans arms sales for five years for offensive weapons but never defines what offensive is, which is why Iran is on a shopping spree in Russia and China right now," Rubin said. 

The arms purchases represent a new and bolstered military alliance between Iran, China and Russia, something foreign policy experts warned about long before the deal was completed last summer. 

"If the [Obama] Administration had told Congress before the deal that the deal was going to result in an Iranian, Russian military alliance, which was going to intervene in Syria and result in a rise of Iranian power around the region, I think we would have had a very different debate," Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Michael Doran added. 

In recent weeks, the Iranian regime has threatened to walk away from the Iranian nuclear deal as Congress considers re-instituting some sanctions in response to Iran conducting multiple ballistic missile tests, which violate previous U.N. agreements.