Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, says the nuclear agreement with Iran "condemns the next generation to cleaning up a nuclear war in the Persian Gulf."
Kirk, who has consistently spoken out against the deal with Iran, told WRKO's Financial Exchange radio program on Tuesday that he believes "tens of thousands of people in the Middle East are gonna lose their lives because of this decision by Barack Hussein Obama."
"This agreement condemns the next generation to cleaning up a nuclear war in the Persian Gulf," Kirk said. "It condemns our Israel allies to further conflict with Iran."
Kirk added that he thought the agreement will yield "more nukes, and more terrorists, and more irresponsibility by the Iranians," saying he thought Iran will now increase their influence in Iraq and Yemen.
"This is the greatest appeasement since Chamberlain gave Czechoslovakia to Hitler," Kirk continued, saying he believed Obama only went through with the deal because he has a poor understanding of history and did not realize appeasement made war more likely. Kirk said he thought the deal meant that Israel would now have to take "military action against Iran."
Kirk added that he believed the president would make this a "viciously partisan issue," making it hard to get the votes to stop the deal from going forward.
"The president will make this a viciously partisan issue, leading most Democrats to standing with the Iranians and hopefully losing the next election on this point," Kirk said. "He will ask the Democrats all to stand with Iran and make sure that we can't get two-thirds majorities in the House and Senate."
Asked if any Democrats disagreed with the president, Kirk pointed to New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez, who he believed "has just been indicted maybe on the crime of being against the Iran deal."
Kirk said he believed the only reason the president supported legislation from Republican Sen. Bob Corker, the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, that allowed Congress to review the deal was because he "wants...to get nukes to Iran."
"Under the Bob Corker legislation that recently passed Congress can do a resolution of disapproval and the president can veto it. The only reason that the president supported Corker legislation is because it allows him to get what he wants on Iran which is to get nukes to Iran."
Kirk added he thought deal was "unremitted garbage." He said that he thought Iran would have nuclear weapons within "a couple years" and that the United States had "sold out" Israel, who will now be preparing for military action against Iran.
Kirk concluded that "tens of thousands of people in the Middle East are gonna lose their lives because of this decision by Barack Hussein Obama."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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