Congressman Serrano In Support of Iran Nuclear Agreement
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman José E. Serrano released the following statement in support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear agreement reached between the P5+ 1 nations and Iran:
“Taking into consideration all the different components of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), I have come to the conclusion that it is the most sensible and viable way to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon now and in the future.
“Nuclear confrontation remains one of the most challenging issues in the international arena, and we must continue working to contain nuclear proliferation. The question here is whether the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is the most effective approach to constrain Iran’s nuclear ambitions. I think that it is.
“In comparing this agreement to the alternatives, I think it is clear that continued collaboration with our allies is the best approach. Even though years of sanctions brought Iran to the negotiating table, during that time Iran continued and even expanded its nuclear enrichment program. This agreement will significantly reduce the number of centrifuges in operation and will impose strict restrictions on the level of enrichment that Iran is allowed to conduct. In addition, the agreement provides for a robust verification and inspection mechanism in which the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will have access to the Iranian nuclear facilities. Contrary to what the opposition claims, this agreement is much better than no deal. The agreement guarantees the removal of 98 percent of the enriched uranium stockpile in Iran, places strict restrictions on Iran’s research and development, severely delays any timeline for Iran to manufacture a nuclear weapon, and effectively halts Iran’s current efforts.
“Furthermore, this agreement contains an important snapback mechanism that automatically re-imposes sanctions should Iran violate a provision of the agreement.
"Americans can also rest assured that the United States is and will remain a staunch supporter and ally of the State of Israel. No agreement or approach will please everyone, but the Joint Comprehensive Plan represents an important step forward in our efforts to contain Iran’s nuclear capability, which in the end is our goal.
“The alternate option–continuing to pursue sanctions on our own without the support of our allies—would be ineffective and ultimately weaken our efforts and our influence in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The JCPOA is in the best interest of the United States, our allies, and the Middle East.
“My support for this agreement does not mean that we are letting Iran off the hook. Iran remains a sponsor of terrorism and a danger to Israel and the United States, and our nation will continue to address these issues in a vigorous manner. But I firmly believe that the comprehensive oversight and restrictions put in place by this agreement will put the United States, and our allies, in the best position to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and to act in case they move towards that goal.
"I applaud President Obama and Secretary Kerry for their leadership on this issue.”
Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990.