Yesterday, Congressman Gene Green and Reps. Peter Roskam (R-IL), Michael McCaul (R-TX), and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) introduced legislation to verifiably prevent a nuclear Iran. Last month’s announcement of an interim agreement between the Obama Administration and Iran set a six month window during which to negotiate a final deal over Iran’s nuclear program. The bipartisan resolution (H. Res. 445) states that any final nuclear agreement with Iran should fully dismantle Iran’s nuclear program—including its production of a nuclear warhead and ballistic missiles—and reduce Iran’s support for terrorism, human rights violations, persecution of religious minorities, and unjust imprisonment of American citizens. Furthermore, this legislation reaffirms the need for additional economic sanctions against Iran should it fail to meet the negotiated terms of the interim agreement within six months of implementing the deal.
The lawmakers released the following statement on the legislation: “Preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability is a moral and strategic imperative for the United States. We are deeply concerned that the interim agreement leaves Iran multiple paths to developing a nuclear weapon. However, we recognize a potential final, comprehensive agreement as an opportunity to once and for all verifiably prevent a nuclear Iran. But this isn’t just about nuclearization. Iran continues to develop long-range ballistic missiles, finance the world’s most dangerous terrorist organizations, commit heinous human rights abuses on its own citizens, persecute religious minorities, and hold innocent Americans captive. We are therefore pleased to introduce this bipartisan legislation, which takes a resolute stand against the Iranian regime and its pursuit of nuclear weapons.”