U.S. Senator Kirk Statement on Iran Nuclear Talks

CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued the following statement today after the Administration failed to meet the March 2015 deadline for a detailed framework agreement for an eventual nuclear deal with Iran:

“In the last week, the Administration has made a series of dangerous nuclear concessions to Iran and gotten nothing serious in return. By passing Kirk-Menendez, we increase pressure on Iran for a good deal. Without it, we’ll get a badly lopsided deal that paves Iran’s path to nuclear weapons and sparks a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.”

Background on Reported U.S. Nuclear Concessions to Iran in Last Week

New York Times (3/29): Iran will no longer be required to ship out uranium fuel that it could quickly enrich to make nuclear weapons.

ABC (3/26): Iran will no longer be required to shut down Fordow, a uranium enrichment site that was secretly built deep inside a mountain near the city of Qom.

Wall Street Journal (3/25): Iran will no longer be required to come completely clean to international nuclear inspectors about secret Iranian nuclear weapons activities before getting substantial relief from economic sanctions.