Schakowsky, Gutiérrez discuss Iran nuclear deal

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) | Courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives
Two Illinois members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats Jan Schakowsky and Luis Gutiérrez, spoke to reporters on Monday regarding the Iran Nuclear Arms Agreement.

The agreement was made between Iran and several members of the United Nations including the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, China and Russia. The deal would facilitate the eventual lifting of economic sanctions on the country in exchange for the Iranian nuclear program to go under strict surveillance by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

President Barack Obama said this agreement will prevent Iran form obtaining a nuclear weapon without the need for military action.

"Over a decade ago, the United States decided to address the perceived threat of a 'mushroom cloud' coming from Iraq by going to war, a war that unleashed massive violence in the Mideast and a war that persists today," Schakowsky said. "Today, the Obama administration, faced with the real threat of a nuclear weaponized Iran, has chosen instead the path of diplomacy, the path of peace. This historic negotiation holds out the hope of a more stable, nuclear weapon free region that makes all the world safer. I am proud to support it."

The representatives were joined by Alan Solow, the former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and Rachel Bronson, executive director and publisher of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and an adjunct professor of global initiatives at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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