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Congresswoman Adams Statement On The Iran Deal

Sep 3, 2015
Press Release

Greensboro, NC – Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (NC-12) today announced her support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – an agreement between the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia, Germany (P5 +1) and Iran:

“After great deliberation, I have decided to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the P5+1 partners and Iran. This is a complex issue and my decision was not made lightly. Senior officials within the Administration, military leaders from the intelligence community, and policy experts across the spectrum have briefed me.  I also traveled to Israel with 21 of my Congressional colleagues and heard first-hand from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and former Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

“But most importantly, I listened to the people of North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District - the very people who have entrusted me with the responsibility of being their voice in Congress.  After conducting a digital survey and sitting down with honest and passionate constituents on both sides of the debate, I believe that this is the right decision for my District and for our nation.  

“The JCPOA is not perfect.  Opponents of this agreement have valid concerns, some of which I share.  But there are no viable alternatives, and we cannot afford to put our trust in hoping for ‘a better deal.’  Currently, Iran can develop a nuclear weapon within two to three months.  This agreement will delay that ability up to 15 years by reducing Iran's stockpile of uranium by 98 percent, limiting enrichment of the remaining uranium to well below bomb-grade, eliminating two-thirds of Iran's centrifuges, and providing for constant, intrusive inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities.  These mandates are unprecedented.

“The P5+1 partners and Iran reached this agreement after years of debate. Walking away now does not ensure a better agreement. Instead, it weakens our leverage in the Middle East, encourages Iran to move forward with their nuclear program, and places the United States at a greater risk of having to use military force in Iran.

“This is not the end of the discussion on Iran. The Iranian regime and their proxies have made threats against Israel and sponsored acts of terrorism.  This, coupled with Iran's proximity to our allies in the Middle East, makes ensuring a nuclear free Iran a top priority both now and in the future.  The JCPOA demonstrates that by working in a diplomatic manner – we can bring Iran to the table and scale down its nuclear programs.  

“Enforcing the JCPOA requires vigilance across the international community.  If Iran attempts to delay inspections, the U.S. and other members of the agreement must immediately challenge Iran’s compliance; and, if found non compliant, sanctions on billions of Iranian funds will snap back and all necessary steps taken to hold Iran accountable.

“Israel is one of our strongest allies and the relationship between Israel and the United States must remain strong as we move forward to promote our mutual values of democracy and human rights.”