A deal was negotiated on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 to ease sanctions against Iran over the country’s nuclear program. The agreement was made with six world powers, including the United States. In exchange for reduced sanctions, Iran will have to curb its research into nuclear power.
In response to the deal, political leaders in West Virginia and Virginia released the following statement.
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV):
“The threat a nuclear-armed Iran poses to the United States and our allies is grave. Under the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, Congress and the American people will now have an opportunity to rigorously review this agreement and make an objective evaluation of its merits. Any agreement that risks the security of America and our allies will not advance our goal of ending Iran’s nuclear program and is worse than no deal at all.”
U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA):
“I will review this agreement with the utmost attention to detail, given the incredible importance of getting an agreement of this magnitude right. Under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which I supported, Congress will have 60 days to analyze this agreement and carefully consider whether it substantially advances the goal of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. In particular, I will pay close attention to the dismantling of Iran’s illegal nuclear weapons program; ensuring an intrusive and reliable verification process; and ensuring a graduated process of sanction relief entirely dependent upon Iran’s compliance, along with a process for re-imposing U.S. and international sanctions if Iran violates the terms of the agreement.”