Paul Cook

Rep. Paul Cook spoke at the Victorville Rotary Club on Tuesday. (James Quigg, Daily Press)

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 7, 2015 at 12:01 AM – Updated at 9:37 PM

VICTORVILLE — Fresh from a recent trip to Tel-Aviv where he toured Israeli missile defense systems, Rep. Paul Cook on Tuesday reiterated his concerns about the emerging Iranian nuclear deal in a speech dominated by his thoughts on the volatility facing the Middle East.

“This is serious business; it’s much more than politics,” Cook, R-Apple Valley, told Victorville Rotary Club members. “This is what we have to deal with. I’m going to apologize, because obviously these things have been lingering in my mind since I just got back from this trip.”

Cook, who serves on both the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees, said that if the Iranians were allowed to develop nuclear weapons, it could be a catalyst for other nearby countries, including Saudia Arabia and United Arab Emirates, to develop or buy their own.

Cook has been critical of the framework of a deal between Iran and the U.S. and other world powers that he said would do nothing to block Iran’s ability to have nuclear weapons.

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