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Congressman Andre Carson

Representing the 7th District of INDIANA

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Rep. André Carson Announces Support of Iran Deal

Aug 4, 2015
Press Release

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Today, Congressman Carson released the following statement to express his support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), an agreement between the P5+1 and Iran aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

“Since the P5+1 began negotiations with Iran, it has pursued the singular objective of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.  I approached my review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with the same goal in mind and have determined that it if enacted it will make significant progress toward degrading Iran’s nuclear capabilities. I support this agreement because after decades of dangerous provocation, I believe it is clear that a nuclear Iran would pose a threat to the United States and its allies, destabilize the Middle East, and stoke armed conflict.  This agreement shuts down all pathways to a bomb and is a responsible way to ensure Iran never becomes a nuclear power.

“This agreement is based on verification, not trust.  By establishing a robust framework for IAEA inspections, we will have a close view of every stage of Iran’s nuclear program and supply chain, from mining to enrichment to its nuclear reactors.  Continuous monitoring will ensure compliance with all aspects of the deal, including limiting uranium enrichment and reducing stockpiles, removing two-thirds of installed centrifuges, and modifying major reactors so they can no longer produce weapons-grade material.  While the agreement lifts sanctions for compliance, it ensures that sanctions are quickly reinstated if Iran violates its side of the deal.  It also keeps in place sanctions for the sponsorship of terrorism and development of ballistic missiles, which continue to destabilize the region.

“The United States is not standing alone in the implementation of this agreement.  Together with five other world powers, the United Nations and the IAEA we will be working to ensure Iran’s compliance. While Iran may try to cheat, it is highly unlikely that their activities could go fully undetected by all of these international players.

“Since this agreement was presented to Congress, I have heard from many Americans who believe Iran will never comply with this agreement.  I share these concerns. However, it is important for us to remember that it took years to get Iran to the negotiating table.  Without this deal, Iran sits within 2-3 months of securing a nuclear weapon, without any inspections or constraints.  It is unrealistic to think that we can back away, increase pressure on Iran to achieve greater Iranian concessions, and successfully restart talks before Iran reaches its goal. Despite this, I firmly believe that all options, including resumption of sanctions and the use of military force, must remain on the table in the event that Iran fails to comply.

“This agreement is not perfect, but the fact is that we cannot know with 100% certainty that Iran will comply with any deal.  However, I believe it is likely that this is our one real shot at restraining Iran’s nuclear ambitions.  For our national security and international stability, it is critical that we accept the agreement.”