Aug 12, 2015

Congress Seeks Clarity from Countries in Iran Deal Negotiations on Ambiguous Text

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on letters sent by Congress to the ambassadors to the U.S. representing the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China on how their respective countries interpret and plan to implement the Iran nuclear agreement:

“In our work to get all the facts about the Iran nuclear deal, Congress sent letters to ambassadors from each of the nations involved in nuclear negotiations with Iran to clarify how they interpret ambiguous provisions of this agreement. Given the stakes, it is essential that all parties share the same interpretations and understand the consequences of Iran’s actions as it relates to their nuclear program. How our allies and other world powers plan to operate under the deal is important for Congress to perform its own assessment. For example, if Iran is found to have violated the deal, would the so-called snapback sanctions apply to companies that formed contracts with Iran after the deal was agreed to? What exactly do our allies consider a violation of the agreement that would call for re-imposing sanctions? Or how do our allies plan to ensure Iranian compliance with the deal? 

“Based on the information we have, I remain convinced that this deal is bad for America and the world. But the House still must have all the facts to make the best decision for our country.”