Inhofe Statement on U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement about the Iran deal:

“Today’s Senate meeting with the Obama administration on the Iran deal presented nothing new. After months and months of negotiations, I only see that we have given more time for the Iranians to develop their ICBM technology and to achieve their goal of a nuclear bomb.  What our administration is saying and what the Iranians are saying publicly contradict each other on some very fundamental issues.  What is evident about this deal is the president is merely asking Iran to take its foot off the nuclear accelerator, and Iran has failed to give full assurance that the international community will be able to verify that Iran is keeping its end of the bargain.  I remain skeptical that Iran will comply with any agreement that doesn’t hold them accountable with absolute verification regimes.  Additionally, I still believe any final agreement must come before the Senate for consideration, and I will oppose any attempts by the Obama administration to use executive actions, or waivers, to circumvent Congress’ role and responsibility to provide oversight into the president’s agreements with foreign countries.  The sanctions are working. Why else would Iran ask for all the sanctions to be lifted immediately once a deal is signed?  While the two countries continue to talk, the United States should consider increasing sanctions so these negotiations achieve concessions that  insure compliance, which is required for the betterment of our national security and that of our ally Israel.”

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