On Monday, President Barack Hussein Obama received a letter from three hundred and sixty seven house members highlighting what they described as “grave and urgent issues” pertaining to the negotiations to control Iran’s future nuclear ambitions. It also urged visible limitations on Tehran’s nuclear program.
This letter was dated Friday and was released on Monday by the House Foreign Affairs committee, it quotes concerns about the massive size of Iran’s uranium enrichment program and their lack of will to cooperate with international inspectors and the dire need for an intrusive inspection regime.
The letter arrives as the negotiators face a self-afflicted deadline by the end of March to arrange a treaty by which the either the Iranian regime slows or completely puts a stop to its uranium enrichment program. According to said letter “Congress must be convinced that its terms foreclose any pathway to a bomb.
And only then will Congress be able to consider permanent sanctions relief,” this letter was signed by a majority of eighty four percent of House members, more prominently including Rep.Ed Royce, R-Calif, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Eliot Engel.
“A final comprehensive nuclear agreement must constrain Iran’s nuclear infrastructure so that Iran has no pathway to a bomb, and that agreement must be long-lasting,” stated the letter.
Both democrats and republicans took part in signing the letter including prominent Republicans such as Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Steny Hoyer the minority whip.
The lawmakers said that they remain, “hopeful that a diplomatic solution preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons may yet be reached.” They also went on to tell Obama that “we want to work with you to assure such a result.”
The letter shows their desire to work with the administration to find a diplomatic solution preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapon.
The House members also write in this letter “As the deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran nears, we write to you to underscore the grave and urgent issues that have arisen in these negotiations. While we hope the Administration is able to achieve a lasting and meaningful agreement, we understand that there are several difficult issues that remain unresolved.”
The United States has had a longstanding enthusiasm for keeping Iran from attaining to an atomic weapons capacity. In the course of the most recent twenty years, Congress has passed various bits of legislature forcing sanctions on Iran to keep that result, at last constraining Iran into arrangements.
Should a concurrence with Iran be come to, sanction relief help from congressionally-commanded assents would require new enactment. In looking into such an assertion, Congress must be persuaded that its terms abandon any pathway to a bomb, and at exactly that point will Congress have the capacity to consider perpetual sanction relief.
“We have to work together – House, Senate, and the administration – regardless of political party to show a united front as we negotiate with Iran,” stated Upton.