Cicilline Responds to Announcement with Iran
PAWTUCKET - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's remarks on a deal with Iran to end Tehran's nuclear program. The deal, which puts a freeze on Iran's nuclear program for the next six months, allows for a continuation of talks toward a permanent agreement between Iran and the international community and is intended to provide an opportunity to continue negotiations without the risk that Iran will proceed further with the development of nuclear capabilities.
"This tentative agreement with Iran, reached in Geneva, is a positive step towards halting Iran's nuclear program," said Cicilline, who is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. "This interim agreement allows the international community to continue to work to ensure that no further progress is made toward Iran's nuclear capability and that Iran reverses some past actions that have enhanced this capability. After years of tension between our two countries, this appears to be a step in the right direction and I am hopeful and even cautiously optimistic that Iran will fully comply with the requirements of this interim agreement. It is critical that we ensure that any final deal in this matter fully protects the national security interests of the United States and our allies around the world."