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Politifact: Speaker Paul Ryan's Iran claim

Posted at 7:18 PM, Apr 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-29 20:18:36-04

The controversy over the Iran nuclear deal remains a hot topic on the campaign trail. Speaker Paul Ryan recently suggested a decision by the Obama administration would end up subsidizing the Iran program.

Politifact at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel checked it out.

The Iran nuclear deal, pushed by President Obama has provided plenty of fodder on the campaign trail. More complaints recently surfaced when the Obama Administration said it would spend millions to buy what's known as "heavy water" from Iran's stock pile.

"Paul Ryan reacted to that announcement with criticism, he said look, by buying this heavy water we are providing a direct subsidy to Iran's nuclear program," said Tom Kertscher with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

First a quick lesson on heavy water, it can be used to make a nuclear bomb. Opponents worry the purchase could allow Iran to continue generating more heavy water -- either for its own use or to sell.
Other experts on the nuclear issue see benefits in the purchase agreement.

"The purpose is intended to try to make it harder for Iran to make a nuclear bomb, we are reducing the amount of heavy water that Iran has and that means it would take Iran longer to produce more heavy water that could be used to make a bomb." said Kertscher.

The Journal Sentinel's Politifact Team rates Paul Ryan's claim as Mostly False.

"In this sense Ryan is partially accurate by saying we made a purchase from Iran's nuclear program. However he takes things out of context and that the purchase of the heavy water is meant to make it harder for Iran to make a nuclear bomb," said Kertscher.