CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement in response to the administration’s announcement that the implementation of the P5+1’s interim step nuclear agreement with Iran will begin on January 20, 2014:
“Beginning January 20th, the administration will give the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism billions of dollars while allowing the mullahs to keep their illicit nuclear infrastructure in place. Â I am worried the administration’s policies will either lead to Iranian nuclear weapons or Israeli air strikes. It’s time for the United States Senate to pass common-sense bipartisan legislation, now cosponsored by 59 senators, to ensure this process leads to the peaceful dismantlement of Iran’s nuclear program.”
The bipartisan Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act now has 59 cosponsors and support from an overwhelming majority of the United States Senate. Â The legislation would not impose any new sanctions during negotiations so long as Iran complies with the terms of the interim step agreement and concludes a final agreement to dismantle its illicit nuclear infrastructure. Â The bipartisan proposal would ensure that any existing sanctions suspended under the interim step agreement would be immediately reimposed should Iran cheat on its commitments, plan or conduct a terrorist attack against the United States, or launch a long-range ballistic missile during negotiations. Â It would also give Congress the ability to reject a final agreement that does not preclude Iran from being able to produce nuclear weapons in the future.