Nolan Announces Support for Iran Nuclear Agreement
U.S Rep. Rick Nolan today announced his support for the Iran nuclear agreement and released the following statement:
After thoroughly reviewing the text of the agreement, attending numerous hours of classified briefings, meeting with experts, and hearing from Minnesotans on both sides of the issue, I have decided to support the Iran nuclear agreement for the following reasons:
"First, America’s objective is to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Iran currently possesses the capacity to build a bomb in as little as 30 days. The agreement pushes that timeframe back to at least a year and a half by removing two thirds of its centrifuges for processing uranium and 98 percent of its enriched uranium stockpile.
Second, in an imperfect world, there is no better alternative to the agreement. If the deal is rejected, our allies will desert us, international economic sanctions will fall apart, and a terribly expensive and destructive war in the Middle East will become a real possibility as Iran redoubles its efforts to develop a nuclear bomb. And Israel, our one true ally in the region, will be put in terrible danger.
Third, the agreement is not based on trust – but on what some experts term the toughest and most verifiable nuclear verification and inspection process ever negotiated in the international community. We will have camera access and live tracking of their centrifuge production, and the ability to track any uranium mining in Iran for the next 25 years.
Fourth, the crippling international sanctions on Iran’s economy that forced the agreement in the first place will not be fully lifted until the required 98% reduction of Iran’s enriched nuclear stockpile is fully verified. If Iran is found to be violating the agreement, the sanctions will snap back.
Fifth, the agreement places no constraints on the U.S. and our allies. If Iran is found to be violating the agreement, we are free to execute any and all retaliatory options.
Finally, we need to recognize that Iran has and will continue to have the knowledge to produce nuclear weapons. This agreement best positions the United States and our allies to deal with Iran’s continuing challenge to our security, and the world’s."