U.S. Rep. Scott Perry says he has ‘serious concerns’ with Iranian nuclear deal

 

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U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-York County, said in a statement Monday that he has “serious concerns” with an an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program.

“While I support efforts to resolve this issue diplomatically, Iran has failed to comply in the past with U.N. Security Council resolutions that called for the full suspension of its nuclear weapons activities,” he said in the statement. “Iran also remains the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”

Here’s a description of the deal:

Iran and six world powers reached a first-stage agreement Sunday curbing Iran’s ability to construct a nuclear warhead in return for sanctions relief.

The deal puts temporary restrictions on Iran’s uranium enrichment programs for six months, focusing on activities that would allow Iran to build a nuclear warhead.

Perry said allowing Iran to enrich uranium is counter to U.N. Security Council demands that Iran stop all nuclear enrichment. He also expressed opposition to loosening economic sanctions that he said “forced Iran to the negotiating table in the first place.”

Perry said he was an original co-sponsor of the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, H.R. 850, which has passed the House.

“The legislation would increase pressure on the Iranian regime amid its continued attempts to acquire a nuclear weapons capability,” Perry said. “The legislation would broaden economic sanctions, strengthen human rights sanctions, and increase implementation and enforcement of existing sanctions.”

The Associated Press called the deal “the most significant development between Washington and Tehran in more than three decades of estrangement between the two nations.”

Obama hailed the deal as putting “substantial limitations” on a nuclear program that the United States and its allies fear could be turned to nuclear weapons use.

“While today’s announcement is just a first step, it achieves a great deal,” Obama said. “For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, and key parts of the program will be rolled back.”

And here is Perry’s full statement:

“I have serious concerns that the agreement between Iran, the United States, and other nations will not adequately protect America and our allies like Israel from the threat of continued Iranian development of nuclear weapons capabilities. While I support efforts to resolve this issue diplomatically, Iran has failed to comply in the past with U.N. Security Council resolutions that called for the full suspension of its nuclear weapons activities. Iran also remains the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.

“The current agreement will allow Iran to enrich uranium, which is counter to U.N. Security Council demands that Iran stop all nuclear enrichment.  Also, the agreement would loosen the economic sanctions that forced Iran to the negotiating table in the first place.

“We need a firm, permanent plan that will end Iran’s nuclear capabilities. That’s why the House offered a bipartisan alternative that would not eliminate Iranian sanctions or allow for any continued uranium enrichment.  I am an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, H.R. 850, which passed the House by an overwhelming majority. The legislation would increase pressure on the Iranian regime amid its continued attempts to acquire a nuclear weapons capability.  The legislation would broaden economic sanctions, strengthen human rights sanctions, and increase implementation and enforcement of existing sanctions.”

 

 

About Ed Mahon

County government and politics reporter at York Daily Record/Sunday News.
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One Response to U.S. Rep. Scott Perry says he has ‘serious concerns’ with Iranian nuclear deal

  1. Peggy gist says:

    How can we get that lunatic obama out of office? What is he thinking? Not for the American people, that is for sure. Stop him.

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