Sen. Cardin to vote no on Iran nuclear deal

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, has announced where he stands on the Iran nuclear deal. Sen. Cardin, a Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says following an in-depth review, he will be voting to disapprove the Iran nuclear agreement.

Senator Cardin writes in an op-ed appearing in The Washington Post, “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) does contain significant achievements. It imposes severe restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program for the next 10 to 15 years. And we retain the ability to snap back into place international sanctions in the event of a significant violation, without the possibility of other members vetoing U.S. action at the U.N. Security Council…This is a close call, but after a lengthy review, I will vote to disapprove the deal. The JCPOA legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program. After 10 to 15 years, it leaves Iran with the option to produce enough enriched fuel for a nuclear weapon in a short time. The JCPOA would provide this legal path to a country that remains a rogue state and has violated its international nonproliferation obligations for years.”

Cardin adds: “Regardless of whether Congress rejects the JCPOA, discomfort with aspects of the agreement remains across the ideological spectrum. That is why I will introduce legislation backed by supporters and opponents of the deal designed to strengthen the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act and U.S. regional security strategy. This would be consistent with the administration’s interpretation of the agreement and complement its regional security commitments.”

Senator Ben Cardin is a democrat, representing Maryland, and is on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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