Yesterday, two of the most prominent Senate leaders involved in preventing a nuclear-capable Iran published an important bipartisan statement reaffirming the role of Congress in reaching a final deal with Iran.
Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), who have each consistently championed key legislation to keep pressure on Tehran, clearly outlined the expectations and conditions that would define an acceptable deal as the impending November 24 deadline nears.
The statement reads as follows:
“As co-authors of bipartisan sanctions laws that compelled Iran to the negotiating table, we believe that a good deal will dismantle, not just stall, Iran’s illicit nuclear program and prevent Iran from ever becoming a threshold nuclear weapons state.
“This will require stringent limits on nuclear-related research, development and procurement, coming clean on all possible military dimensions (PMD) issues and a robust inspection and verification regime for decades to prevent Iran from breaking-out or covertly sneaking-out. Gradual sanctions relaxation would only occur if Iran strictly complied with all parts of the agreement.
“If a potential deal does not achieve these goals, we will work with our colleagues in Congress to act decisively, as we have in the past.”
Just one week after the midterm elections, leading senators are sending a strong message that Congress must continue to play an essential role in negotiations. This oversight is critical to ensuring that Iran cannot obtain a nuclear weapons capability.
I encourage you to visit www.aipac.org/Iran to stay up to date on news and information as events continue to unfold.
Thank you for the work you do to ensure the continued strength and security of the United States and our ally Israel.
Robert A. Cohen