|August 14, 2015|
Dear Mr. Rosen:
Thank you for contacting me in support of the nuclear agreement reached between the United States, five other nations, and Iran. I appreciate hearing from you and share your support.
On July 14, 2015, President Obama announced that Iran reached an agreement with the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany (also referred to as P5+1) to significantly reduce its nuclear capacity. This agreement was the result of nearly two years of negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran.
Iran has agreed to reduce its stockpile of low-enriched uranium, a chemical element that can be used to make nuclear weapons, by 98 percent for 15 years. It will also remove two-thirds of its installed centrifuges, which are the machines needed to produce the kind of uranium used for nuclear weapons. Iran also agreed to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to have access to its key nuclear facilities and entire uranium supply chain.
I recently posted the full text of this agreement on my website so that the people of Illinois may read it for themselves. You can read through the agreement by clicking here.
I have read through the agreement and spoken with our nation's top experts and am convinced this is the best option for ensuring that Iran does not seek, develop, or acquire nuclear weapons. President Obama made the right choice to use diplomatic negotiations to ultimately lessen this threat to the world.
I am under no illusions about the Iran regime, and the United States will need to aggressively counter Iranian destabilization in the region, a task made easier without the threat of a nuclear weapon. No agreement today could have solved all our differences with Iran, including support for terrorist groups and holding of American citizens. But for the first time in decades, Iran's nuclear weapons program has been halted – an accomplishment no previous administration or Congress has been able to achieve.
Congress will have 60 days to review the agreement, and I will continue to do so with diligence. We must prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and ensure the security of our nation and that of our allies.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to keep in touch.
Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator