Congressman Sires' Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement
Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding the vote on the approval of the nuclear agreement to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon:
"I voted against approving the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran that is set to go into force on September 17, 2015. Iran has spent decades evading international sanctions, promoting terror in the region, and violently oppressing its own people. I am concerned that if the proposed agreement is made official, hardliners within the Iranian regime may hinder its implementation. Iran is also able to stall international inspectors for 24 days before allowing them into undeclared suspected nuclear sites. Furthermore, this agreement will release money to the Iranian regime, and they have made their goal of expanding influence in the Middle East clear.
Iran is the number one state-sponsor of terrorism and I am extremely concerned about what an influx of cash would mean for our allies in the region. Most importantly, the time frame of the deal is too short and it is unclear what will happen to Iran's nuclear program after the initial pressure to comply dissipates and Iran is allowed to enhance its nuclear and weapons capabilities.
Since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was announced, I have participated in numerous hearings, meetings, and briefings regarding the state of negotiations and specific aspects of the deal. Additionally, I listened to the testimonies of the Secretaries of State, Treasury, and Energy testified as they outlined details of the agreement before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. After much thought, I remain unconvinced that this deal is the best path forward to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon."