Nuclear Deal with Iran Makes America and the World Safer

Jul 14, 2015


(Washington, DC) - Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) released the following statement in response to the announcement of a diplomatic deal between the United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, and Iran to limit Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapon.

“Denying Iran the ability to continue to develop a nuclear weapon with this verifiable agreement is a diplomatic triumph which enhances U.S. and global security. This agreement is the only alternative to an escalating, dangerous nuclear arms race that threatens the security of the American people.”

“Unfortunately, critics in Congress, along with Republican presidential candidates, have started down the dangerous path of working to undermine this agreement to score partisan political points.  If allowed to succeed, these hardliners threaten our national security by increasing the probability that Iran will obtain a nuclear weapon.”

“With regard to Israel, the U.S. has an unshakable strategic commitment to the security of the Israeli people.  This agreement does nothing to diminish Israel’s security.  In fact, this agreement guarantees that Israel remains the only power with nuclear weapons in the Middle East.  Prime Minister Netanyahu’s ceaseless effort to undermine President Obama and an important national security priority only harms the U.S.-Israeli partnership.”

“I applaud President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and Secretary Moniz for their tireless commitment to advancing America’s national security through diplomatic engagement.  While there certainly remain issues beyond nuclear non-proliferation, such as the detention of innocent American citizens and on-going support for terrorist organizations, that requires action by Iran if improved diplomatic relations with the U.S. are to be achieved, this nuclear agreement has my support.  If Congress decides to disapprove of the agreement I will vote to sustain President Obama’s veto.”


Congresswoman McCollum is the ranking Democratic member on the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and the Democratic co-chair of the Native American Caucus.