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KENNEDY STATEMENT ON IMPLEMENTATION OF IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

Jan 16, 2016
Press Release

Newton, MA – Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in response to the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the release of five American prisoners.  
 
“Implementation of the JCPOA ensures that Iran cannot obtain a nuclear weapon.  By shipping over eleven tons of uranium to Russia, removing the core of the Arak reactor and dismantling thousands of centrifuges, Iran is no longer on the verge of becoming a nuclear power.  I congratulate President Obama, Secretary Kerry and Secretary Moniz on a historic accomplishment.
 
“While I am encouraged that Iran has complied with the terms of the agreement and released five Americans held prisoner without justification, our work is only now beginning.  Successful implementation of the JCPOA presents a significant opportunity for Iran to reenter the global community and invest in its people.  I hope Iran's leaders make that choice.  
 
“If, however, Iran chooses to test the international community by breaking the agreement, continuing its support for terrorism or blatantly violating UN Security Council resolutions, it must be met with a strong and swift response.  Congress needs to continue to pay close attention and provide the administration the resources necessary to ensure full compliance of the accord. This is a historic day but we must remain vigilant in enforcing this deal in the years ahead.”
 
Earlier this month, Congressman Kennedy introduced the bipartisan Zero Tolerance for Terror Act that would allow for expedited consideration of Congressional sanctions against Iran for violations of international law related to ballistic missile development and acts of terror. The legislation followed a letter he sent with Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) urging President Obama to respond to Iran’s illegal ballistic missile launches in October and November 2015.
 
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For Immediate Release:
January 16, 2016
 
Contact:
Emily Kaufman (617) 332-3333
Dan Black (202) 225-5931

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