Strengthen Iran Policy

Royce-Engel Letter on the need to address the possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program.

Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) spearheaded a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State John Kerry that emphasizes the need to fully understand Iran’s past nuclear weaponization efforts as part of any final agreement. The letter expressed concerns with Iran's repeated refusal to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). As the P5+1 and Iran prepare to resume talks this week, Congress should continue urging the administration to insist on Iranian transparency with the IAEA.

Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013 (S. 1881)

The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013 (S. 1881), authored by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), aims to strengthen American diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran from achieving a nuclear weapons capability.

The legislation meets the president’s request that no additional sanctions be imposed during the talks. New sanctions, provided for in the bill, would be suspended for up to a year to facilitate negotiations for a final agreement, and could be suspended further if an acceptable final agreement with Iran is reached.

The legislation codifies President Obama’s pledge that new sanctions will be forthcoming if a final agreement cannot be reached and that any deal must “make it impossible [for Iran] to develop a nuclear weapon.”

Key Points

  • Royce-Engel Letter on the need to address the possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program.
  1. A Final Agreement Must Address Iran's Weaponization Efforts
    It will be impossible to reach a credible nuclear agreement with Iran unless Tehran fully explains the “possible military dimensions (PMDs)” of its program. This information is essential to ensure that Tehran is left without a path to a nuclear bomb.

  2. Iran is Refusing to Cooperate with the IAEA
    The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) September report on Iran’s nuclear program revealed that Tehran has again ignored an agreed deadline to explain its past nuclear weapons efforts.

  3. A Rigorous Inspections Regime is Key to a Good Agreement
    Without understanding the extent of Iran’s past nuclear weapons work, the IAEA lacks a sufficient baseline to construct a verification regime capable of detecting covert weaponization efforts.

  • Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013 (S. 1881)
  1. America Must Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon Capability
    Iran must not be allowed to achieve a nuclear breakout capability in which it could rapidly develop nuclear arms.  A nuclear Iran would likely signal the death knell of the global non-proliferation regime, embolden Tehran and destabilize the Middle East.

  2. Diplomacy Must Be Backed By Threat of New Sanctions
    Negotiations with Iran must be backed by the threat of additional sanctions and existing sanctions must be fully enforced.

  3. America Must Stand with Israel
    The United States must back Israel if it feels compelled in its own legitimate self-defense to take military action against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

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