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Maryland Senators React To Iran Deal

July 14th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today issued the following statement on the Iran nuclear agreement:

“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action announced today is an important step in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Iran poses a real and existential threat to America and our treasured allies, especially Israel. Through its terrorist and bellicose actions, Iran has demonstrated over and over that it cannot be trusted, so we must verify.

“It’s now time for Congress to do its due diligence in a purposeful and rigorous way. No stone can remain unturned. Congress must determine if this deal has the robust verification levels needed to ensure Iranian compliance. The deal also must provide for immediate snapback sanctions should Iran fail to comply with every requirement and obligation.  A good deal must block all pathways to a bomb.

“One of Congress’ highest duties is to provide for our national security. Congress must review this deal in a serious, fact-based and deliberative manner.”

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Iran nuclear agreement:

“It is in America’s national security interest that Iran is blocked from ever having a nuclear weapon. Congress has an obligation to vigorously and judiciously review the deal announced today with a seriousness of purpose. Negotiators have spent painstaking time and untold effort working on this accord. Congress in turn must fulfill its oversight responsibilities and conduct a thorough, rigorous, and evenhanded review. There is no trust when it comes to Iran. In our deliberations we need to ensure the negotiations resulted in a comprehensive, long-lasting, and verifiable outcome that also provides for snap-back of sanctions should Iran deviate from its commitments. Congress faces a solemn charge that I expect will be fulfilled to the best of our abilities and at the highest of standards beginning today.”

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