Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota

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Congressional Leaders Applaud Framework Deal with Iran

Apr 2, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ), John Conyers (D-MI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Donald Beyer (D-VA) and Hank Johnson (D-GA) applauded the P5+1 negotiators who reached a framework agreement to peacefully prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

“The framework agreement announced today is a positive step towards securing a final agreement that will prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon,” said Rep. Ellison. “President Obama, President Rouhani and the P5+1 remain committed to the difficult work of diplomacy—even as hardliners in the United States and Iran call for war. Peaceful diplomacy, especially at a time when the divide between the United States and Iran is so wide, is always preferable to war. This agreement shows that there is political will on all sides to cross the finish line to a final agreement.”

“The framework announced today by the P5+1 negotiators is a promising step towards lasting peace and security, not just in the Middle East, but the world over,” Rep. Grijalva said. “We now have demonstrable progress in keeping the worlds’ most sinister weapons out of Iran’s hands, and a success to build upon towards one day achieving normalized relations. It is a diplomatic victory that exhibits exceptional leadership from President Obama. Lawmakers from every political persuasion should applaud and support his ongoing efforts.”

“The Obama Administration's painstaking diplomatic efforts are yielding one of the great international agreements of our time: a verifiable plan to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” said Rep. Conyers. “The framework agreement will not only promote long-term security in the Middle East but also help remove the short-term specter of a destructive military confrontation. Today's announcement will unquestionably make the Middle East and the broader world safer”

“Today’s framework agreement would prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon, enhances our national security and shows that diplomacy works,” said Rep. Lee. “This is a major step forward for diplomacy, national security and global peace. This type of smart, strategic diplomacy brings us closer to a more peaceful and secure world while promoting U.S. national security.”

“No one wants a nuclear Iran, and this tentative agreement reflects that reality,” Rep. Cohen said. “Those who sought to undermine these negotiations would be well served to remember that the alternative to an agreement is an Iran with no limits on or international monitoring of its efforts to enrich uranium. We should not let the perfect be the enemy of the good, especially when the “perfect” that many seek is unrealistic. I, along with many of my colleagues, look forward to learning the details of the final June 30th agreement and hope it is a step in the right direction towards a non-nuclear Iran.”

“I congratulate the American negotiators, led by Secretary Kerry, as well as our P5+1 partners on reaching this political framework agreement,” said Rep. Beyer. “More issues remain to be resolved, but this framework could form the basis of a historic agreement that will peacefully prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, thereby removing one of the greatest threats to the security of a region which certainly needs no more instability.”

“It is welcome news that the U.S., it's international partners, and Iran have agreed on a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program,” said Rep. Johnson. “While some of my colleagues have objected to negotiations with Iran, it must be noted that thanks to these historic diplomatic efforts, the world is further from a nuclear-armed Iran and the risk of war over this issue. Congress has passed, and I have supported, multiple rounds of sanctions legislation against Iran that has expressly granted the president the authority to waive or suspend sanctions.  Bipartisan support for the president's agreement, which waives sanctions against Iran, is critical to ensuring that the agreement is successful in preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. I support President Obama’s efforts to peacefully address this critical issue.”