US Senator Bill Nelson Backs Iran Nuclear Deal

US Senator Bill Nelson Backs Iran Nuclear Deal
Thu Sep 10, 2015 17:15:06

US Senator Bill Nelson announced his decision on the Iranian nuclear agreement.

The following are excerpts from his speech:

“Unless there is an unexpected change in conditions and facts before the vote is called in September, I will support the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1” (the US, France, U.K., Russia and China plus Germany).

The official believes that the nuclear deal can help preserve the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.

“Would I prefer a deal that dismantles their entire program forever and ends all of Iran's bad behavior? Of course I would. But how do we get the ‘better deal’ that the opposition wants? We don't if the sanctions fall apart. And that is exactly what would happen if we reject this deal. Iran will emerge less isolated and less constrained to build a nuclear weapon. Under the deal, we keep most of the world with us,” he added.

Iran signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1968 in which they agreed they would not pursue nuclear weapons. Iran has reaffirmed this principle in the JCPOA agreement. Iran also says they want to eventually make low-grade nuclear fuel, as other NPT compliant nations do, in order to produce electricity. If they comply, they will eventually be allowed to do so under the JCPOA; IRNA reported.

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