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Ayotte: We Cannot Allow Iran to Obtain Nuclear Weapons

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As Iran participates in a pattern of increasingly provocative behavior, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today announced her support for a bipartisan resolution expressing the Senate's commitment to preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. She joined senior senators from both parties at a Capitol Hill press conference this afternoon to unveil the measure.

"This resolution demonstrates that there is a strong bipartisan commitment in the Senate to ensuring that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon," said Senator Ayotte, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "Iran sponsors terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas. The Iranian regime has been providing arms to insurgents in Afghanistan who are trying to kill our troops. They've been doing the same in Iraq, threatening the hard fought security gains we've made there."

She continued: "We can't allow this grave threat to our national security to grow. The bipartisan resolution I'm backing makes clear that we won't stand for a nuclear Iran. If Iran were to obtain a nuclear weapon, it would be a national security disaster for the United States, for Israel, and for the world. If Iran achieves nuclear capability, it will likely spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Worst of all, there is a real danger that Iran might share nuclear weapons with terrorist groups, who could use them to attack Americans and our allies."

At an Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed for Senator Ayotte that Iran has ties to the terrorist organizations Hezbollah and Hamas - both of which threaten America's ally, Israel. At the same hearing, Lieutenant General Ronald Burgess, the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, confirmed that Iran supplies arms to insurgents in Afghanistan, and that the Iranian regime is working to undermine efforts to stabilize Iraq.


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