WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement after President Obama announced the framework agreement between P5+1 and Iran.
“A nuclear armed Iran would be a threat to the United States, our allies and the world as a whole. No option should be taken off the table to ensure that Iran never achieves its goal of becoming a nuclear power. Certainly a diplomatic resolution to this problem is in everyone’s best interest, but it must be one that is fully enforceable and verifiable to be successful.
We are just now learning about this framework and it is imperative that it be fully vetted. What little that has been made public reinforces the concern that the Obama Administration gave up on efforts to dismantle Iran’s nuclear program in hopes of merely containing it. The heavy reliance on placing trust in the regime in Tehran—which has never been forthcoming about the true extent of its nuclear program, actively supports terrorism and works diligently to destabilize the region—does not lend much hope for an agreement of this nature working.
Congress now has an opportunity to see in detail what the Administration has been negotiating behind closed doors. We must also have an opportunity to weigh in on it. This is why I support the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, which would require congressional review of a nuclear deal if one is reached by June 30. ”