Rep. Rod Blum Announces Opposition to Iran Deal
Will Vote to Disapprove Ineffective Agreement
Today, Congressman Rod Blum publicly announced his opposition to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, more commonly known as the Iran agreement, negotiated by the Obama Administration and currently being considered by Congress.
Recently, Congressman Blum outlined multiple areas of serious concerns with the proposed agreement, including the lack of any involvement of the United States in the nuclear inspections, the 24 day notification process for inspections, a lack of dismantlement of current nuclear infrastructure which could permit Iran to obtain nuclear capabilities after the terms of the agreement expire, a failure to sufficiently curb Iran’s development of ballistic missile technology, the deal’s rollback of the United Nations arms embargo, no provisions requiring Iran to release the U.S. citizens being held in Iran, and the recent revelations regarding Iran’s ability to conduct “self inspections” through a secret side deal.
“After personally reading through the text of the agreement, it’s clear this deal does not make America safer,” said Congressman Blum. “I want the long lasting peace in the Middle East that has eluded us and I favor traditional diplomatic avenues over military action, but it is unacceptable that the Obama State Department did not negotiate better terms to ensure that Iran will not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. This deal sets a dangerous precedent by lifting the very sanctions that were working and brought Iran to the table in the first place, and I will be voting to reject the agreement.”
Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.