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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement

July 14, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan makes the following statement today in response to the announcement of the Iran Nuclear Deal:

“I applaud President Obama and Secretary Kerry for their leadership throughout the negotiations of this historic nuclear deal. The uncertainty and lack of transparency over the last three decades in regards to Iran has created a dangerous and volatile situation for the region and the world. I have always believed that the best option to ensure Iran cannot and does not obtain or develop nuclear arms comes through diplomacy.

“As Congress begins the process of evaluating this agreement, I will review the details with great care. I will continue to study the details, speaking to experts, diplomats and parties that may be impacted by this deal. 

“I have a clear understanding of the dangerous role Iran plays today in an unstable region. There is no doubt that their past actions are concerning, and I will weigh this deal with the knowledge that every step must be verified and that enforcement provisions are reliable, realistic and firm. 

“As a member of the Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, my support will rest upon whether this agreement will make our country safer,  make our allies in the region more secure, and make the world more stable. While no deal will be perfect, we must ensure Iran will be prevented from building nuclear weapons. We must weigh the strength of this agreement against what the world looks like without a deal or a situation where the United States is forced to act unilaterally, without the support of the nations currently involved in this negotiation.  My vote on this agreement will not be made lightly."