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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass announces support for Iran Nuclear Agreement

August 24, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON —Today, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA)--a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations--released the following statement announcing her support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed upon by Iran and the P5+1:

"After much deliberation that included reading the agreement, attending classified briefings, speaking directly with President Obama and members of the national security team, and meeting with people and community groups who both support and oppose the agreement, I have decided that I will support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed upon by Iran and the P5+1.

"Under the negotiated agreement, Iran not only commits to never seeking, developing or acquiring a nuclear weapon, but it forces Iran to reduce its nuclear capability so even if it does not fulfill its commitment, Iran will be a year or more from being able to build a nuclear weapon. This agreement requires Iran to drastically reduce its stockpiles of uranium by 98 percent, and Iran must get rid of its 20 percent enriched uranium--a level which can be rapidly enriched to weapons grade. 

"Make no mistake, Iran is far from an ally,​ and this agreement is not based on trust.  Therefore, the agreement forces Iran to undergo the most comprehensive and intrusive inspection and verification regime ever negotiated, and should Iran choose to cheat and turn its back on this agreement, the strongest economies in the world are in agreement and will respond in kind by reinstating the debilitating sanctions that brought Iran to the table in the first place. 

"This agreement, like any agreement, can be violated, but I trust that if Iran were to cheat the International Atomic Energy Agency, the American intelligence community and the intelligence agencies of our allies will diligently monitor its terms and would be able to detect the violation and respond accordingly. 

"I commend President Obama and his cabinet for their commitment to diplomacy and direct discussion. Their leadership and the international sanctions regime they led brought both Iran and our allies to the negotiating table, and because of their effort the United States' most trusted and historic allies support this agreement because it is both tough and thorough. The United Nation's Security Council unanimously approved the agreement because it is effective, verifiable and durable, and Congress should not move the world backward.  There is no ‘better deal’ attainable.  Congress killing this deal would leave the world with the worst of both worlds: No monitoring or verification and no more crippling multilateral sanctions.

"My commitment to Israel remains absolute and unbreakable. Israel has the right to defend itself, and I continue to support our efforts to ensure Israel's security and our continued work to support our strongest ally in the Middle East."