Senator Chris Coons Comments on Iran Nuclear Deal

Posted by: Wolf von Baumgart

Delaware U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has released the following statement regarding the multinational nuclear deal with Iran:

“The United States must not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapons capability.  A nuclear-armed Iran would threaten our national security, the security of Israel, and the stability of the entire Middle East.

“I will review the details of this agreement promptly, and I will only support it if this deal prevents every Iranian pathway to develop a nuclear weapons capability.  In conversations with senior Administration officials, I have been clear about the specifics of what I want to see from this nuclear agreement.  The inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must have timely and effective access to military and sensitive facilities in Iran, and be able to fully assess Iran’s past illicit nuclear weapons efforts.  The agreement must include strict limits on advanced centrifuge research and development to prevent a rapid upgrade of Iran’s future capacity to enrich uranium.  Any sanctions relief must be based on Iran first meeting its obligations under this deal.  Finally, the international community must maintain its ability to re-impose sanctions should Iran violate the agreement.

“As Congress plays its rightful role in fully reviewing the specifics of this agreement, I urge the Obama Administration to continue to reach out to Congress to discuss the details of this deal.  Administration officials should participate fully in hearings and classified briefings to ensure members of Congress understand the parameters and consequences of this important agreement.”

Responses to Midlantic Dispatch requests to U.S. Senator Tom Carper’s and Congressman John Carney’s offices for public comments on the Iran nuclear agreement are pending and will be posted in their entirety.