Pallone Statement in Support of P5+1 Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Sep 4, 2015

LONG BRANCH, NJCongressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today made the following statement in support of the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran.

“After careful and measured consideration, I will vote in support of the agreement between the United States, our international partners, and Iran because it is the most effective means available to monitor Iran’s nuclear program and peacefully prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.  The question is not about whether the agreement is perfect – it is about the alternative to rejecting the deal and what the consequences would be.  I have not heard a viable answer to that question.  In fact, the consequence of rejecting the deal would be an Iran far less restricted in its ability to develop a nuclear weapon and able to influence policy in the region at unprecedented levels, all without a realistic chance of returning to the negotiating table.

“I strongly believe in the concept of collective action and the role of the United Nations.  It is important to remember that we did not reach this deal unilaterally.  Rather, the Obama Administration negotiated the agreement along with the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council – China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom – and Germany.  This collective action creates an international enforcement framework, the importance of which should not be underestimated. 

“The United States is not naïve.  Iran has long had the desire for nuclear capability, and its past is checkered with dishonesty and attempts to sidestep sanctions.  We know what we are up against, and we did not enter these negotiations with the assumption that our country’s relationship with Iran would significantly change.  As we move forward, it is important for the United States to bolster ties with our allies in the region to counter Iran’s continued aggressive stance.  This includes stronger cooperation with the Gulf nations and ensuring Israel maintains a strong military edge.  The strength and security of Israel must continue to be a priority.

“The whole world is watching Iran now, and the international community is united against its pursuit of a nuclear weapon.  As we have learned from our misguided war in Iraq, military intervention must be a last resort.  However, if Iran fails to uphold its end of the agreement at any point in time, the United States and our allies will collectively have the tools and credibility to respond.”