REP. KATKO STATEMENT ON ANNOUNCEMENT OF PROPOSED IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT

July 15, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) released the following statement after the Obama Administration announced that it has reached an agreement in nuclear negotiations with Iran:
 
"As a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, I take seriously my role of safeguarding our national security and the security of our allies.  That means ensuring Iran, the largest state sponsor of terrorism, does not have the capability to develop nuclear weapons.
 
"I am troubled that this agreement gives Iran generous sanction relief without the necessary certifications for restricting its nuclear capabilities. There is no guarantee that Iran will abide by the terms of these negotiations.  If Iranian leaders want relief from economic sanctions, they must agree to clear inspection and verification protocols, with immediate consequences if they fail to fully comply or cooperate with the terms of an agreement.  Without these basic concessions, we simply cannot accept that Iran will be prevented from developing nuclear weapons.
 
"We embarked upon these diplomatic negotiations to prevent conflict with Iran.  But by removing sanctions and unfreezing billions of dollars in Iranian assets, we risk eliminating U.S. diplomatic leverage and only increase the risk of conflict in the future. These concerns are shared by many of my colleagues in Congress, across party lines.
 
“Moving forward, Congress will play a critical role in the approval of this proposed agreement.  As part of that review process, I will be very mindful of a number of items that have not been addressed in this agreement.  First, Iran remains the largest state sponsor of terrorism, wreaking lethal havoc throughout the Middle East and especially Israel.  Second, Iran retains the ability to manufacture nuclear weapons in the future and is allowed to retain all key aspects of nuclear bomb-making. Third, we will not have real-time, unfettered access to inspect sites in Iran to ensure that they are complying with the agreement.  And finally, I have major concerns for the four Americans who remain captive inIran for political purposes.

“I look forward to a constructive, bipartisan review of the details of this agreement, and I believe we must remain ever vigilant to prevent Iran from yielding its destructive and dangerous influence in the region and beyond.”

Congressman John Katko represents the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and a portion ofOswego County.  For more information, please visit https://katko.house.gov or www.facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.