Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL09), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today made the following statement expressing concerns about the deal between the P5+1 nations and Iran:
"I am very much in favor of peace between Iran and the United States, and between Iran and its neighbors. I recognize that an extraordinary amount of effort went into the negotiations for this agreement over the past two years. And I am pleased to see that the sanctions imposed on Iran brought it to the negotiating table.
Having reviewed this agreement, there are three areas that concern me:
First, I’m concerned that the lifting of economic sanctions will not stop Iran from continuing to be a sponsor of global terrorism. In fact, that support would now be well financed by an increase in its oil revenues.
Second, I’m concerned that Iran will continue its missile program, which would help it develop a missile directed against the United States.
Third, I’m concerned that this is just a pause in Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and not an end to it. I am hopeful that there will be peace between Iran and the rest of the world. That peace must include Iran no longer threatening the security of any other country, by nuclear or non-nuclear means, with missiles or otherwise. It must also include Iran no longer being a sponsor of global terrorism.
It remains critical that Iran, under the current regime or any regime like it, never be allowed to develop or possess a nuclear weapon – the security of the Middle East, and millions of lives, depend on it."