After a year of negotiations and generous offers by the P5+1, Iran has not demonstrated a willingness to give up the capability to develop nuclear weapons. Tough pressure brought Iran to negotiations and additional pressure will strengthen America’s bargaining position. Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) have introduced the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015 to support American diplomatic efforts by providing the president authority to impose additional sanctions on Iran if nuclear negotiations fail to achieve a final agreement. Urge your senators to support this bipartisan crucial legislation.
The legislation puts in place sanctions that will go into effect if Iran and the P5+1 do not reach an agreement under which Tehran clearly gives up the option of developing nuclear weapons. The legislation clearly complies with President Barack Obama's commitment that the United States would impose no new sanctions during the course of negotiations with Iran.
The legislation increases congressional oversight of Iran nuclear negotiations by requiring the president to formally submit to Congress the text of any final agreement with Iran, as well as a verification assessment report, within five days of reaching a final agreement. Congress would have the opportunity to review any agreement for 30 legislative days.
If there is no final agreement by July 6, 2015, the bill re-imposes sanctions waived against Iran during the interim agreement. After July 6, the bill imposes an escalating series of new sanctions against Iran each month starting in August and ending in December. The bill provides the president with authority to waive new sanctions if he feels it necessary in order to conclude a comprehensive agreement with Iran.