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Area politicians react to Iran nuclear agreement


U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today released the following statement on the announcement of a final agreement reached in nuclear negotiations with Iran:

“As a member of the United States Senate, and of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I have a critical role in judgment over the deal that’s been made by the president of the United States and the Iranian government.

“Iranians have never proven to be a trustworthy negotiator, nor have they been trustworthy in their actions with the United States. Iran has said that we are their stated enemy.

“I will study the deal closely, I will do my responsibility, I will read the appendices and I’ll go to all the briefings, both the secure and unsecure. But I will promise you this: I will not be part of any agreement that allows the Iranians to develop a nuclear weapon that could harm the state of Israel, the country of the United States of America or any other peace-loving country in the world.

“This vote may be the most important vote I ever cast as a member of the Senate or the Congress. This vote is about the future of our country, peace in the Middle East, the sanctity of our country, peace for our children and peace for our grandchildren. This is a vote which I will take seriously and I will make sure I do the right thing for the American people.”

Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (GA-01) today reacted to the announcement of an agreement on the Iranian nuclear deal.

"I fear this will be a legacy making deal for the Obama Administration but not the legacy it is looking to make,” Carter said. “This dangerous deal threatens to unleash a nuclear arms race in the most unstable region in the world, imperils our closest ally Israel, and signals to other regimes that America will not maintain its resolve to combat extremism.”

Carter has raised concerns and fought for Congressional oversight throughout negotiations of the deal. In March, Carter sent a bipartisan letter to President Obama with Representative Ed Royce (CA-39), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and 365 other House Members underscoring the “grave and urgent issues that have arisen” relating to the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran. Additionally, Carter voted in support of H.R. 1191, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, ensuring Congress has a review period and final approval of the deal.

“Congress has sixty days to review this deal and I intend to use every minute to educate the American people on the ramifications it could have," Carter said. "The American people, through their elected representatives, must have the final say on this deal to ensure that the Iranian regime is held accountable and the threat of their nuclear program is eliminated. We cannot hand Iran an unabridged opportunity to increase its nuclear capabilities or reportedly remove the United Nations arms embargo while they work hand-in-hand with terrorist organizations. Removing the arms embargo on Iran will arm those fighting against the US and our allies while the billions of dollars in increased economic incentives are spent on weapons, not on the needs of the people of Iran. In the end, no deal is better than a bad deal."

U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today regarding the announcement of a nuclear agreement with Iran:

"Let's be clear, this agreement is not final. Georgians and the American people, through Congressional representation, must sign off on the negotiated terms, and because of our bipartisan efforts Congress will have 60 days to do so. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, I will review this agreement with the utmost scrutiny to ensure we remain steadfast in our efforts to halt the expansion of nuclear arms now and down the road.

"Right now, I remain extremely concerned that this deal does not go far enough to fully prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability and ensure anytime, anywhere inspections access of all nuclear and military sites. If this requires walking away from such a deal and strengthening sanctions, I will encourage President Obama to consider this course of action. To be clear, rejecting this agreement is not condoning war, it is standing firm for peace and against Iranian aggression."

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