U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., gave the following statement today to announce her support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiated between Iran and the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany (P5+1) regarding Iran's nuclear capabilities:
"After years of intense diplomacy, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action now provides a way forward. I've given the plan careful consideration, met with military and policy leaders, and listened to Arizonans across our state -- and I have decided to support it. No approach to Iran is without risk, and the deal is not perfect, but the United States has an opportunity to lead the world on a historic and critical diplomatic course against danger and chaos.
"Global conflicts and rapid change demand stronger and more durable protections for our nation and allies. The Iraq War took a tremendous toll on our country, and I believe we must do everything in our power, in concert with five of the world's largest powers, to prevent a dangerous proliferation of nuclear weapons and a new war.
"As an American and a supporter of Israel, I have backed tough sanctions against Iran, but now is the time to launch a new chapter of vigorous enforcement, oversight and accountability to prevent Iran from advancing its nuclear capabilities. I will remain vigilant and work to ensure that any violation of this agreement is met with a swift response from the United States and the international community. Our nation shares an unbreakable bond with Israel, so it is important that the U.S. also moves forward on long-term agreements with Israel that will strengthen and enhance their military capabilities.
"I am grateful to the many Arizona constituents who provided thoughtful input on both sides of this important issue. This was a difficult decision, but ultimately, I will support this agreement because it blocks Iran's path to a nuclear weapon, protects Israel and launches a historic diplomatic agreement that prepares us for the future in an increasingly volatile world."