House of Representatives: Iran Must Come Clean and End Nuclear Weapons Quest in Final Deal

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Contact: Marshall Wittmann, mwittmann@aipac.org

March 18, 2014

 

House of Representatives: Iran Must Come Clean and End Nuclear Weapons Quest in Final Deal

As Iran talks resume, 395 Representatives affirm Congress' strong role while raising concerns about Iran's history of deception

AIPAC applauds the overwhelming number of House members from both parties who wrote to President Obama addressing the necessary terms for a final agreement with Iran and emphasizing the stringent transparency measures required in any agreement. The House letter gained the overwhelming bipartisan support of 395 representatives. It was initiated by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD).

The letter supports a permanent diplomatic resolution that would require dismantlement of Iran’s nuclear weapons-related infrastructure, including enrichment, heavy water and reprocessing-related facilities, such that Tehran will not be able to develop, build or acquire a nuclear weapon. The letter specifies tough verification measures, such as providing the IAEA access to inspect all suspect sites and providing it with the unfettered ability to interview Iranian personnel associated with the nuclear program.

The letter also stresses the essential role of congressional action, particularly if an acceptable deal requires sanctions relief or if a breakdown in talks requires additional sanctions legislation.

AIPAC appreciates the strong message sent by the House showing America’s determination to prevent Iran from achieving a 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.