Rep. Blumenauer Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement Implementation

January 19, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement on the announcement that Iran has met its nuclear commitments and that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1, will be implemented:

“Iran’s compliance with this monumental agreement – which was the result of vigorous diplomacy on the part of the United States and the five other major powers – is a significant achievement for ensuring Iran does not develop nuclear weapons. Additionally, the prisoner release is another powerful indication of the merits of diplomacy.

“Our work, however, is far from over. Making sure Iran keeps its commitments to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will be a complicated task, as hardline forces in the Iranian government feel Iran has given away too much by surrendering its rights to develop nuclear weapons. We must insist on a rigorous inspections regime. The world must continue to monitor, enforce, and build on this initial success because preventing a nuclear Iran through diplomacy helps stabilize a volatile region.

“Iran’s compliance is just a step, but a critical one on a critical issue.”