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Polis announces support for nuclear agreement with Iran
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) issued the following statement today in support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the multilateral nuclear agreement with Iran announced by President Obama on July 14th:
“The last thing the world needs is another state with nuclear weapons. Iran’s support for global terrorism and its nuclear ambitions pose a grave threat not only to our national security, but to our ally Israel and the security of the world. It is precisely because of this threat that we must do everything within our power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. After carefully reviewing the 159-page document and its classified annexes, discussing the matter with constituents and security experts, and weighing our alternatives, I have concluded that this enforceable, verifiable agreement is the best available option to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. I will oppose legislation that seeks to stop the United States from participating in it.
“Congress must consider this deal in the context of the available alternatives. Even if the United States does not participate, the international community very likely will, and Iran will still receive access to billions of dollars in accounts currently frozen under international sanctions. Not only would this diminish our influence internationally; it would substantially limit our ability to hold Iran to the rigid standard of disarmament set forth in the agreement.
“On the other hand, if we fully participate, we can play a leading role in the deal’s implementation and enforcement and provide ourselves a direct line of access to Iranian facilities. This course of action ensures an influential role for the United States in future developments in the Middle East and, I believe, ensures the greatest likelihood that Iran will not obtain a nuclear weapon.”