Hoeven Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the administration has reached a nuclear deal with Iran:

“While we are still reviewing the details of the agreement, Iran’s history of state sponsored terrorism and belligerence toward the United States and our allies means Congress must approach this deal with the utmost caution. Any deal with Iran has to be verifiable, enforceable and, above all, prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

“Of particular concern, first and foremost, is the agreement’s failure to require Iran to dismantle its nuclear program. Also concerning is the agreement’s apparent omission of anytime-anywhere inspections of Iran’s military bases and research facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“Under the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, which Congress passed on a bipartisan basis earlier this year, the Senate now has 60 days to review the agreement. It is up to the Administration to make the case to the American people and Congress that this deal will protect our interests and make our nation safer. No deal is better than a bad deal, particularly one that releases billions of dollars to a country that is the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. The alternative to approving this agreement is keeping strong sanctions in place.