A significant majority of 82 US Senate members (41 Republicans and 41 Democrats) have signed a letter to US President Barack Obama outlining terms of a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program they would find acceptable.
The letter was first announced at AIPAC’s annual policy conference. The letter sets out the principles that should be embodied in a final deal including: no right for Iran to enrich uranium; dismantling Iran’s nuclear weapons program and preventing it “from ever having a uranium or plutonium path to a nuclear bomb.” If the terms aren’t met, the senators, many of whom supported the Menendez-Kirk sanctions bill, warn they would demand a resumption of sanctions.
“Should an acceptable final agreement be reached, your administration will need to work together with Congress to enact implementing legislation to provide longer term sanctions relief beyond existing waiver authorities – either through suspension, repeal or amendment of statutory sanctions,” the letter reads.
4 Republican senators, including the Conservative Republicans’ darling and a possible presidential candidate in 2016 – Senator Rand Paul, and 12 Democrats refused to sign the letter.
Read the letter below: