CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON AGREEMENT WITH IRAN

July 15, 2015
Press Release

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CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON AGREEMENT WITH IRAN

Congressman Ted Lieu issued the following statement on today’s announcement of an agreement between the P5+1 and Iran on its nuclear program.

"As Congress starts the clock on 60 days of review and oversight, I plan to comb through the text, listen to the views of my constituents and speak to key stakeholders to evaluate whether the agreement meets a singular criterion: Are we safer both in the short term, and 8, 10 and 15 years from now?  Many of the most critical provisions in this agreement expire. 

I will be paying particular attention to whether inspectors have the robust access they need to verify compliance, whether the dispute settlement mechanism is adequately designed to address violations, and whether the type and pace of sanctions relief is appropriately conditioned on compliance.  In addition, while the arms embargo and ballistic missile sanctions are not lifted immediately, it is my understanding they will be lifted in 5 years and 8 years.  This last minute concession gives Iran the ability to use the hundreds of billions of dollars it will receive during the course of this agreement to engage in more arms trafficking and ballistic missile development. 

I would like to express my appreciation for the tireless efforts of the entire U.S. negotiating team to find a diplomatic resolution to one of the greatest national security challenges we face.  However, I have no illusions about a regime that has deceived the international community, sponsored international terrorism, led chants of “Death to America,” and repeatedly called for the destruction of the Jewish State of Israel.

My preference is always for diplomatic solutions.  As a citizen of the world who hopes to still be here in 15 years, I view this vote as a responsibility of enormous magnitude.  Again, my primary concern is not just for the short term, but also for the long term, and I will examine the deal in that context."

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