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Congressman Scott Tipton

Representing the 3rd District of Colorado

Tipton Statement on Proposed Iran Nuclear Agreement

July 14, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON– Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) issued the following statement on the Obama Administration’s proposed agreement with Iran: 

“I plan to carefully review the proposed agreement and will not support anything that compromises the safety and security of the United States and our allies. Any agreement must ensure without question that Iran is not able to obtain nuclear weapons. Based on what we have heard so far, there are serious questions and concerns that the proposed agreement fails to achieve that end, would further destabilize the Middle East, cements Iran as a permanent nuclear threat to our allies in the region as well as our own national security interests, and rewards Iran’s bad behavior by easing economic sanctions and infusing over a hundred billion dollars into the economy of the leading state sponsor of terror.

“Throughout negotiations, Iran has acted in bad faith by failing to provide complete information on its nuclear program activities, refusing to allow inspectors full access, and most disturbingly, continuing to sponsor terrorist groups that have shed the blood of U.S. and allied troops and citizens. If Iran has ignored much of the interim deal, it is reckless to assume it will fully adhere to any ‘permanent’ agreement—especially an agreement that rewards bad behavior with eased sanctions, fails to meet the standard of ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to sites for inspectors, and provides a break-out window wide enough for Iran to abandon the agreement and obtain weapons capabilities.

“There is no question that a nuclear Iran would pose a grave threat to the national security of the United States and our allies. It cannot be allowed to happen under any circumstance, and that is the context in which I will be evaluating the deal negotiated by the Obama Administration over the next 60 days.”