Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa





Grassley on the Announcement of a Nuclear Agreement With Iran

Jul 14, 2015

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today made the following comment on the announcement of a nuclear agreement with Iran.

“I’ve always been skeptical about an agreement with Iran that fails to fully dismantle its nuclear program.  This is a country that sponsors terrorism and has a history of hiding its nuclear program from outside inspectors.  I’m concerned that Iran’s relief from international sanctions could offer a lot more carrot than stick.  That would open the spigot to support Iran’s terror activities and nuclear capabilities, threatening our national security and the security of our allies in the region.

“It’s important that under the legislation Congress passed, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, Congress will have 60 days to review the agreement before the President could waive any congressionally imposed sanctions on Iran.  Under the act, Congress will review every line of the agreement before approving or disapproving the deal.  We need to understand all of the components of the agreement.  Does the deal allow for anytime, anywhere inspections, including military sites?  When and how will sanctions be lifted, and what process exists for re-imposing sanctions, should Iran violate the deal?   Will sanctions on conventional arms and ballistic missile technology be lifted as a result of the agreement?  Will this deal prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability and improve the security of the United States and our allies?  These are just a few of the questions that come to mind.”