Rep. Don Beyer Applauds President Obama’s Iran Deal

Rep. Don Beyer Applauds President Obama’s Iran Deal


Here’s a statement on the Iran deal from Rep. Don Beyer. Also, see the statement from Sen. Tim Kaine on the “flip.” Personally, my initial reaction to this deal is that we all need to look at the fine print, but that in general it’s the “least bad” option when it comes to Iran, given that the second “least bad” option was basically endless bombing/war/sanctions (the latter would eventually fall apart, as the international coalition would splinter) to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. Having said that, of course I don’t trust Iran’s horrendous, human-rights-abusing, terrorism-sponsoring, expansionistic theocratic dictatorship in any way, but unless anyone has a better idea regarding how to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons, I really don’t feel like listening to hysterics from the usual suspects – John McCain, Linsdey Graham, Bibi Netanyahu, etc. I’d also note that the Bush administration completely failed to head off Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapons program in 8 years of their administration, and that yet again a Democratic administration appears to have achieved what a Republican administration couldn’t. Shocker, eh? 😉

July 14, 2015 (Washington, DC) – Congressman Don Beyer, former Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, applauded the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiated by the Obama Administration’s and the P5+1 Group with Iran over its nuclear program:

“This is an historic accomplishment for President Obama, Secretary Kerry, the American negotiators, and the diplomatic process to prevent Iran’s nuclear ambitions,” said Rep. Beyer. “I commend our diplomats for skillfully averting a global showdown and blocking Iran’s efforts to obtain the bomb.”

Today’s deal, announced by Secretary Kerry this morning, is in line with the April 2nd framework agreed to in Lausanne and imposes significant obstacles blocking Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon in exchange for sanctions relief, dependent on critical nonproliferation commitments.

Beyer continued: “We cannot allow a nuclear Iran and this deal will serve as a lasting deterrent to keep the United States out of another devastating war in the Middle East.  Now I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure this deal goes forward unhindered.”

As Ambassador to Switzerland, Rep. Beyer hosted negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries and Germany in Switzerland, including the meeting in November 2013 during which the six countries concluded the primary agreement with Iran, known as the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA).


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the Iran nuclear deal:

“I applaud the U.S. negotiating team for its hard work to find a diplomatic solution to peacefully limit Iran’s nuclear program.  A nation’s commitment to diplomacy is every bit as important as its commitment to military strength.  Now that the negotiations have concluded, Congress must give the deal a thorough and independent review to ensure it cuts off all of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon.

“One of the key reasons I co-authored the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, even over the initial objections of many in my party and the Administration, was to provide Congress a clear and constructive way to review a final nuclear deal.  Given that the deal largely hinges on what Iran must do to get relief from sanctions imposed by Congress, the American public deserves to have its elected representatives review any final deal to ensure it is in our national security interest. In the days and weeks ahead, I look forward to discussing the terms of the agreement in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and examining the details before making a decision to either approve or disapprove the deal, which will provide Iran significant relief from economic sanctions. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to analyze this deal in the days and weeks ahead.”



WASHINGTON, D.C. – El Senador Tim Kaine, miembro del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, hizo hoy las siguientes declaraciones sobre el acuerdo nuclear con Irán:

“Felicito a los negociadores estadounidenses por sus esfuerzos para encontrar una solución diplomática que limite pacíficamente el programa nuclear iraní. El compromiso de un país a la diplomacia es igual de importante que su compromiso al uso de su poder militar. Ahora que las negociaciones han concluido, el Congreso debe analizar el acuerdo cuidadosamente y de manera independiente para asegurar que elimine todos caminos que permitan que Irán obtenga un arma nuclear.

“Una de las razones por las que copatrociné el Proyecto de Ley para la Revisión del Acuerdo Nuclear con Irán, a pesar de las objeciones iniciales de mi partido y la Administración, era para asegurar que el Congreso tuviera una manera clara y constructiva de analizar un acuerdo nuclear final. Ya que el acuerdo dicta lo que Irán debe de hacer para que se le levanten las sanciones impuestas por el Congreso,  el pueblo estadounidense merece que sus representantes elegidos analicen cualquier acuerdo final y aseguren que el acuerdo beneficie nuestra seguridad nacional. En los próximos días y semanas, espero hablar sobre las condiciones del acuerdo en el comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado y examinar los detalles antes de tomar la decisión de aprobar o rechazar el acuerdo que aliviaría a Irán de las sanciones económicas. Espero trabajar con mis colegas en el Senado para analizar este acuerdo en los próximos días y semanas.”

  • lowkell

    I will review this agreement with the utmost attention to detail, given the incredible importance of getting an agreement of this magnitude right. Under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which I supported, Congress will have 60 days to analyze this agreement and carefully consider whether it substantially advances the goal of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. In particular, I will pay close attention to the dismantling of Iran’s illegal nuclear weapons program; ensuring an intrusive and reliable verification process; and ensuring a graduated process of sanctions relief entirely dependent upon Iran’s compliance, along with a process for re-imposing U.S. and international sanctions if Iran violates terms of the agreement.

  • lowkell

    The final Iranian nuclear agreement announced by the P5+1 earlier this morning is the product of earnest diplomacy, but much work remains to be done before we can deem this effort a success.

    The bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-17) enacted in May requires that the President transmit the text of the agreement to Congress within 5 calendar days. Upon receipt of the agreement and technical annexes, Congress will conduct its appropriate and statutory duty to review the merits of the deal concluded by negotiators.

    Verification, transparency, and compliance are the foundation of any acceptable agreement. This begins with an intrusive inspections regime capable of assuring the world that Iran’s nuclear program is entirely peaceful.

    Absent the implementation of an acceptable nuclear agreement with Iran, the Iranian nuclear program would once again be opaque and no longer restrained by strict limitations. The countries of the world that have a strict policy of preventing a nuclear Iran, including the U.S. and a number of our allies, would be left with a scenario that could demand immediate and decisive action. Our remaining options would be limited in both variety and efficacy. During General Michael Hayden’s testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa in November 2014, he affirmed that the euphemistically termed “kinetic” option would “guarantee that which we are trying to prevent, an Iran that will stop at nothing, in secret, to develop a nuclear weapon.”

    The diplomacy conducted by Secretary Kerry and his negotiating team has offered the world a potential alternative to the “kinetic” option. As a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I will be carefully reviewing the text of the agreement to determine if it meets the high standard to which we should hold a nuclear agreement with Iran.

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  • CADeminVA

    That’s just how it is. They don’t know any more about the deal than I do at present. They don’t think they need to.

    An important step away from the brink.

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    “From everything we’ve seen and heard to date, this is a perilous deal for America and a perilous deal for Israel and our other allies in the Middle East. Going into these negotiations the Obama Administration said that the goal was to not have Iran obtain nuclear weapons.  This deal fails that test and is not in the national security interest of the United States.  This deal does not dismantle Iran’s nuclear weapons program, it does not provide anytime, anywhere inspections, and does not cut back Iran’s ballistic missile program.

    “Yet it lifts the arms embargo in five years, providing Iran, a country that exports terrorism, with the means to spread violence around the region.  Iran is the world’s largest sponsor of terror, and what President Obama trumpeted today does not keep America safe, rather it only emboldens Iran to continue spreading instability and terror throughout an already unstable region of the world.  It also rewards the Iranians with billions of dollars in sanctions relief.

    “Congress will now have 60 days to review this deal and it is the job of Congress to evaluate and disclose the facts about this dangerous policy. The American people need to be informed about the dangers this deal poses to our nation’s security and the existential threat an Iran with nuclear weapons will mean for the world.  At the end of this process, I will urge my fellow colleagues to vote to disapprove this misguided deal and to vote to override the President’s threatened veto.”