Posted on August 28, 2015
MARYVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 28 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the president's nuclear agreement with Iran:
“I will vote to disapprove the president’s nuclear agreement with Iran because it does not sufficiently restrict Iran’s nuclear program and makes no effort to put a brake on its other conduct as the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. The agreement puts some limits on Iran’s nuclear program, but it also legitimatizes it, thereby encouraging a nuclear arms race in the most unstable area of the world. The agreement takes the pressure off Iran at a time when pressure is likely to succeed.
“I believe the United States should negotiate with Iran, but should do so from a position of strength, as we did with the Soviet Union. Disapproval of this deal would help make clear that Congress is willing to confront Iran’s non-nuclear illegal and inhumane activities. As Abraham D. Sofaer, former Legal Adviser to Secretaries of State George P. Shultz and James Baker, advised the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a program of increased pressure on Iran, combined with a broader-purposed, more effective diplomacy, should be devised to force Iran to accept established norms of international conduct. This would be the safer path for our country and for the world.”
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