Linda Sánchez on Iran Nuclear Agreement

August 26, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38), a member of the Ways and Means Committee, today released a statement regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between the P5+1 nations and Iran:

“Since it was announced, I have taken the time to carefully review the Iran nuclear agreement and used the August recess period to discuss both sides of this important issue with experts and hear from my constituents. After thoroughly reviewing and considering the arguments, I have decided to support the Iran nuclear agreement and oppose a resolution of disapproval. Stopping Iran from a nuclear bomb is the principal goal and I believe this agreement is the best option to achieve that goal.

“Without a doubt the crippling economic sanctions Congress passed, with the support of the international community, succeeded in driving the Iranian regime to the negotiating table. But sanctions alone have not forced Iran to give up its nuclear program – instead Iran has built more centrifuges. This agreement effectively halts Iran’s nuclear program by placing strict restrictions on research, development and testing, and removes 98 percent of Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile and makes weapons-grade plutonium production impossible.

“While this is not a perfect deal, I believe that the United States, Israel, and the world are in a stronger position with this deal than without it. This agreement is our best option to deny Iran a pathway to a nuclear weapon.

“Let me be clear – I do not trust Iran. However, the agreement negotiated by the P5+1 countries contains the strongest inspection and verification regime ever. IAEA inspectors will have access to Iran's nuclear infrastructure sites to verify compliance with the agreement. I am confident that the international community will be able to catch and punish Iran if they try to cheat.

“I firmly believe Israel’s security is a profound moral imperative for the United States and America’s support for Israel is unbreakable. A nuclear-armed Iran poses the gravest threat to Israel’s existence and I will do everything I can to ensure Israel’s safety. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure the United States maintains our commitment to Israel with every available resource to counter future Iranian aggression in the Middle East, and strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship.

“After years of difficult diplomatic negotiations, I believe we must give this broad international agreement a chance to work. I am confident in America’s resolve to ensure the security of Israel and prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.”