Delaney Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement Vote
WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives voted on legislation to approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran (JCPOA), a potential nuclear arms agreement between Iran and China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:
“I hate to second guess negotiators, but this job requires me to do that. I view the JCPOA as a poorly negotiated deal on balance. While it has some clear strengths - materially restricting Iran’s enrichment capabilities for 15 years and importantly cutting off Iran’s various paths to a nuclear weapon across the same time period - it is too short in duration and is weak on access to conventional weapons and ICBMs. Considering our leverage, we should have negotiated a much better deal. I have explored if rejection of the current JCPOA could lead to a much better deal and have concluded that while it may lead to another deal, that deal is likely to be only slightly better, at best, when you consider the fact that we have already ‘showed our hand’ in terms of our willingness to do this deal and that all of our partners are now committed to this deal. And while I would like to ‘put the toothpaste back in the tube’ and have another cut at getting a better deal for the American people and our ally Israel, I have concluded that this is impossible to do, particularly since the Senate failed to pass their resolution of disapproval, so I voted to approve the deal.
“I will be pushing the Administration to fulfill their representations that they will pursue military action if Iran takes steps to get a nuclear bomb and that they will work with our partners in the region on regional security and anti-terrorism activities. These actions are absolutely essential for this deal to be successful and I will be working very hard on legislation to advance these aims. Iran will be getting access to significant levels of frozen Iranian cash from this deal and they will in all likelihood attempt to increase their funding of terror in the region. We must work to combat their sponsorship of terrorism on all fronts. Additionally this week, the Ayatollah expressed his desire to have Israel eliminated in 25 years. Congress and the Administration must be clear-eyed in evaluating the true intentions of the Iranian regime and utterly dedicated to ensure that they fail in the pursuit of those objectives, even if it involves military action.”