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.”