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Congressional Interference in Iran Negotiations a High-Risk, No-Reward Proposition

WASHINGTON – In a speech on the House floor today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) urged his colleagues not to interfere with ongoing diplomatic negotiations over Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

“The progress achieved thus far demonstrates that diplomacy is working,” Yarmuth said. “Congressional action now could jeopardize that progress, undermine the diplomatic process, and weaken our nation’s position in future negotiations.”

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The full text of Congressman Yarmuth’s remarks:

 

Madam Speaker, the recent developments in our diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons have been among the most promising in history. In the interim, Iran has agreed to stop enriching uranium above the level necessary for energy production, dilute its existing stockpile, and allow unprecedented access to its nuclear facilities.

During the next six months, the administration and the international community will continue working toward a more comprehensive, verifiable agreement that enforces prevention and advances peace in the region. Already there are devastating consequences for Iran if it does not comply with the agreement.

But the progress achieved thus far demonstrates that diplomacy is working. Congressional action now could jeopardize that progress, undermine the diplomatic process, and weaken our nation’s position in future negotiations.

As an American first, but also as a Jewish-American, I strongly support Israel’s security and our nation’s commitment to preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. I also fully support advancing peace and stability in the Middle East through diplomacy whenever possible.

Madam Speaker, we are in the midst of a historic opportunity to prevent nuclear proliferation in Iran, but it is fragile. Congressional interference at such a sensitive time is a high-risk, no-reward proposition.