Rounds, Thune: “No Iran Agreement without broad Congressional support”
WASHINGTON — South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds is among the nearly fifty Republican senators saying they will not support the Biden Administration’s Iran Agreement.
Rounds and his colleagues say that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran is less restrictive than the previous 2015 deal and far too weak. They say those short-term limitations on the nuclear program don’t go far enough for meaningful results.
“We don’t believe that this is in the best interests of our country,” Sen. Rounds says. “Simply allowing Iran to become a nuclear power will mean that every other nation in the Middle East will want to become a nuclear power as well.”
They’re pushing for stricter controls on Iran, including a total block on nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. The group of Republicans say that unless Iran halts state-sponsored terrorism, they will seek to re-impose those terrorism-related sanctions.
“This is not the time to show weakness,” Sen. Rounds adds. “This is the time to make it very clear to Iran that we will not put up with what they’re trying to do around the world.”
The senators also say that the deal will undermine U.S. leverage for a stronger deal and will deepen Iran’s relationship with nations like Russia and China. They also say the Biden Administration has failed to adequately consult Congress on the new agreement, and that without bipartisan support, it will likely not survive.