LAKEWOOD, CO –U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) today released the following statement in support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action:

“I support the Iran Agreement (Agreement) negotiated by the United States, Germany, China, United Kingdom, France, Russia, the European Union and Iran.  The U.S. and its international partners have committed to a diplomatic solution that I believe reduces and limits Iran’s ability to develop or manufacture nuclear weapons and is in America’s best interests. This Agreement should also reduce nuclear tensions in the Middle East and will make our friend and ally, Israel, safer and less prone to nuclear conflict with Iran.”

“I have reached these conclusions after reading and re-reading the Agreement and its attachments, reviewing numerous articles pro and con, attending classified and unclassified briefings, discussing the Agreement with its proponents and opponents, and listening to military and diplomatic experts, friends, family and constituents.”

“This Agreement has far reaching and historical impacts for our foreign policy and for our international security. The Agreement is a nuclear non-proliferation agreement limiting Iran’s capacity to build nuclear bombs. It is not - nor is it intended to be – a peace agreement which resolves or eliminates all threats.”

“So, despite the diplomatic progress made toward reducing Iran’s nuclear capabilities under the Agreement, further steps must be taken to deter and discourage Iran from fulfilling its threats and to assist Israel in defending its national security.”

“Consequently, I am working with Congressional leadership and the Obama Administration to assure:

1. Israel receives an “unprecedented level of military, intelligence, and security cooperation”[1] from the United States;

2. America works with Israel to develop and share the latest military technology, including technology to penetrate deep bunkers;

3. Congress completes and extends legislation that provides military and foreign aid to Israel over the next 10 years;

4. Congress maintains oversight of the Agreement and its implementation as well as other laws and sanctions pertaining to Iran through frequent classified and unclassified briefings; and,

5. America opposes any type of resolution brought before the United Nations that is one-sided or biased against Israel or which harms Israel’s national security.”

“The best path forward is to support the Agreement and to enact legislation that maintains a strong military presence in or around the Middle East and which provides unprecedented aid to Israel.”

Rep. Perlmutter helped add financial sanctions as part of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act which achieved their stated purpose of slowing Iran’s economy and forcing them to the negotiating table. Many of these sanctions will remain in place until the International Atomic Energy Agency verifies Iran has begun implementing its commitments toward curtailing its nuclear program. 

[1]President Obama’s letter to Congressman Nadler (August 19, 2015)

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