Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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The Scoop: Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Ambition

Apr 08, 2015

The parameters toward a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program are cause for skepticism.
 
For more than two decades, Iran has engaged in illicit activities to acquire nuclear capabilities.  These efforts to acquire nuclear weapons and Iran’s support of terrorist groups are serious U.S. security concerns.
 
Iran has a spotty track record and a history of noncompliance with powers worldwide, including U.N. Security Council resolutions, to stop its nuclear program.  The United States has scant reason to trust the Iranian government.
 
While the U.S. secretary of state was at the negotiating table with Iranian officials, that country was extending its political power in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.
 
No one should celebrate a path toward a final agreement prematurely.
 
The President is obligated to provide full details of any agreement to the American people and Congress to allow for a full debate.   Any final agreement needs congressional approval to ensure its strength.  An agreement of this importance should have the full support of the U.S. government behind it, not just the executive branch but also the legislative branch to be sure it reflects the support of the American people.
 
I strongly support pending bipartisan legislation that would allow Congress to review and approve or reject any nuclear agreement the United States reaches with Iran.  The policy this bill advocates is similar to legislation supported by both then-Senator Obama and then-Senator Biden requiring any long-term security commitment made by President Bush to Iraq to have legislative approval.
 
Also, I strongly support pending bipartisan legislation that ramps up sanctions on Iran if an agreement falls through.
 
The United States should not handle a dangerously ambitious country with kid gloves at the expense of national security.