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March 18, 2014
As Iran talks resume, 83 Senators affirm Congress' strong role
A Unified Senate Says Final Agreement Must End Iran's Nuclear Quest
An overwhelming bi partisan majority of the U.S. Senate sent a forceful letter to President Obama expressing its view on terms for a final agreement with Iran. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Christopher Coons (D-DE) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) circulated the Senate letter which garnered the signatures of 83 Senators.
The letter expressed support for the negotiations and pointed out that sanctions pressure forced Iran to the bargaining table and pressure should intensify if “Iran violates the interim agreement, uses talks simply as a delaying tactic, or walks away from the table.” The letter outlines core principles that should be realized in a final agreement including that Iran has no inherent right to enrichment and that Iran must dismantle its nuclear weapons program such that it is prevented it from ever having a uranium or plutonium path to a nuclear bomb.
The letter also stresses the essential role of Congress, particularly if an acceptable deal requires sanctions relief or if a breakdown in talks requires additional sanctions legislation.
AIPAC applauds this overwhelming demonstration by the U.S. Senate of its determination to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability.
Consistently ranked as the most influential foreign policy lobbying organization on Capitol Hill, AIPAC is a bipartisan American membership organization that seeks to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Israel. For more than 50 years, AIPAC has been working with Congress to build a strong, vibrant relationship between the U.S. and Israel. With more than 100,000 members across the United States, AIPAC works throughout the country to improve and strengthen that relationship by supporting U.S.-Israel military, economic, scientific and cultural cooperation.