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Michele Bachmann: It's time to punish Iran more, not less

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Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is no fan of international deal to freeze Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for scaled back sanctions on the Islamic republic.

“Preventing a nuclear Iran is one of the defining issues of our time, and sadly President Obama, with this new dangerous agreement, is on the wrong side of history,” Mrs. Bachmann, Minnesota Republican and former GOP presidential contender, said.

On Jan. 20, the Iranian government will begin to eliminate stockpiles of highly enriched uranium and also will start to dismantle uranium enrichment facilities, the White House announced Sunday.

The move is part of the agreement negotiated between Iran, the United States and international allies — the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China.

Under the framework, Iran will not construct new centrifuges and also will allow more frequent and thorough inspections of its existing facilities.

In return, the U.S. has agreed to ease some economic sanctions against Iran.

Mrs. Bachmann, echoing some other lawmakers, said Congress should find ways to turn up the heat on Iran.

“Economic sanctions were working, yet the Obama administration managed to give away the United States’ leverage in the form of billions of dollars for virtually nothing in return,” she said. “Certainly nothing in the deal comes close to a full dismantling of Iran’s nuclear programs, which should be the unequivocal posture towards Iran.”

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