Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce condemns Obama's interim nuclear deal with Iran
The deal will take effect on January 20 and states that the U.S. will relieve some of the sanctions on Iran, so long as Iran agrees to slow down its nuclear program. Royce said Congress has many questions and concerns regarding the deal, including how it will be verified and why any of the sanctions will be relieved if Iran is still able to produce nuclear weapons.
"Given Iran's history of deception, Congress has many questions on how this agreement will be implemented and verified," Royce said. "That's particularly the case as Iran has announced in recent weeks that it would continue to advance technology needed to make fuel for nuclear weapons. I'm concerned that this agreement takes us down that path where sanctions pressure is relieved, but Iran maintains its ability to produce a nuclear weapon."
Royce is the author of the bipartisan Nuclear Iran Prevention Act (H.R. 850), a proposal which has support from the House and is currently pending in the Senate. The Act seeks to increase pressure on Iran to disband its nuclear program, all-or-nothing, or suffer increased sanctions.
"Given these stakes, it's regrettable that the president does not want to work with Congress to bolster his negotiating hand with additional sanctions, which would go into effect should Iran fail to meet its commitments," Royce said. "If Iran is committed to comprehensively addressing its nuclear program, there is no reason such legislation shouldn't be welcomed."