Congressman Gary Palmer is deeply concerned about the announced "framework' agreement concerning Iran's nuclear program. Noting that Iran is the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in the world and that it is responsible for the deaths of many Americans, he issues the following statement:
"Iran's drive to obtain nuclear capability is a serious problem and there is bipartisan concern about this grave threat. Although the deal has limited details, even those limited ones leave cause for concern. The framework, on its face, is far from the original purpose of the talks. Furthermore, I do not believe Iran intends to abide by any agreement it makes.
"The multi-party talks were intended to discuss dismantling the Iranian nuclear program, but the President has now announced a "framework' of an agreement which allows Iran to keep over 6000 centrifuges and requires them to be only one year away from a nuclear weapon for 10 years. It does not dismantle Iran's nuclear program and the ambitions of Iran's radical clerics are not likely to end in 10 years.
"The President claims this agreement is the only alternative to war. This statement itself is indicative of how the tables have turned in respect to the lack of fear and respect Iran has for this Administration. It should have been Iran who came to the table to negotiate in good faith as an alternative to a strategic and decisive response from the United States and our allies.
"The failure of this Administration to force Iran to definitively abandon its nuclear weapons program leaves Congress as the backstop against this grave threat to the security of the United States, Israel and Europe. As the letter drafted by Sen. Tom Cotton (R- AR) and signed by 47 United States Senators reminded the Iranian government, Congress must have final approval of any agreement, and any agreement that does not stop Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability is unacceptable."