Rep. John Lewis on Iran Nuclear Deal

Jul 14, 2015 Issues: Foreign Affairs

Today President Obama announced  an historic agreement with Iran negotiated by Secretary Kerry, Secretary Moniz, and the other P5+1 nations.  Over the next few months, I look forward to reviewing the details of the proposed agreement with my congressional colleagues.

The United States is under no illusion about the threat that a nuclear Iran poses to the global community.  Continuing to operate in the dark, however, is unsustainable.  An agreement that makes the process of demilitarization and nuclear disarmament more transparent, in the long-term, can lead to greater national security for all members of the world community. 

US negotiators intended to expand the tools, options, and leverage for engaging with Iran.  Close monitoring and the ability to re-implement sanctions swiftly are critical components of the proposed agreement.  I look forward to learning more about how the terms of the deal will be maintained throughout the entire negotiated period. 

I applaud President Obama’s leadership and commitment to peace and diplomacy.  I hope that future presidents and other leaders will be able to build upon this effort to bring greater stability to the Middle East, which is in the best interest of the United States, Israel, and the entire world community.

 

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