Iran Interim Nuclear Agreementby Representative David E. Price
Posted on 2013-12-12
PRICE of North Carolina asked and was given permission to
address the House for 1 minute.)
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. Speaker, if the interim nuclear deal
negotiated last month leads to a final agreement, Iran can be prevented
from developing a nuclear weapon. This would neutralize one of the
greatest threats facing the United States, Israel, and the
international community and could set the stage for a new era of
relations between Iran and the West.
The unprecedented sanctions already in place have brought the Iranian economy to its knees and the government to the negotiating table. We are entering these talks from a position of strength; we have a strong hand to play.
But if Congress rushes through another round of sanctions or takes other action perceived as undermining the negotiations, we will be giving up our hand before we have a chance to play it. Iran would then have an excuse to walk away from the table, and the [[Page H7700]] international coalition that has been so critical to the current sanctions regime could fracture, thus weakening the leverage we already have.
There is no guarantee that a final deal is possible. But given the stakes involved, we simply must try, for the alternative is far worse. Iran would then be left to develop its nuclear program without supervision, and the U.S. could be drawn into another costly war in the Middle East.
I urge my colleagues to support the interim nuclear agreement and oppose any attempt to undermine our country's diplomacy.