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CT congressional delegation respond to Iran deal

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United States senators and representatives from Connecticut released statements on Tuesday after countries worked together to curb Iranian nuclear programs.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he “welcomed” the deal comes after “a long and difficult diplomatic road.” He added “the terms now must be carefully and closely reviewed by Congress with the paramount goal of preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.”

“This agreement must be airtight, comprehensive and enduring - and, perhaps most importantly, strictly verifiable and enforceable. While our common hope may be that diplomacy has succeeded in barring an Iranian path to nuclear weapons capability, Congress must apply exacting standards and strict scrutiny, especially given Iran's history of deceit and international law violations,” his statement read.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is ranking member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism. He said to stop “Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is through diplomacy, not war.”  

 "At a time when the Middle East is awash in crippling violence, we have an opportunity to address one of the most dangerous threats to the United States and the region through a negotiation, and I congratulate President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and their team for the agreement that was reached today. I know it was a long road.

Murphy said he will Comprehensive Joint Plan of Action “to ensure the agreement adequately protects the interests of United States and our allies.”

U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) “commended” the work by the president, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz.

As I begin to review the agreement, my priority is ensuring that this deal can verifiably prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. As with any nuclear arms deal, we must evaluate this proposal not based on trust and faith, but on cold, hard analysis of what best advances the national security interests of the United States and what best enhances global stability,” her statement read.

U.S Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro “applauded” the efforts of the president, Kerry and Moniz for their “tireless dedication.”

“In a region where armed conflict is all too common it is critical that we use our strength as an international leader to promote our interests, the security of our allies and prevent a nuclear Iran. We must not allow the proliferation of nuclear weapons, particularly in a region embroiled in turmoil,” DeLauro said.

DeLauro said there are “reasons to be wary of the Iranian regime.”  

“As a supporter of strong sanctions I will carefully review this deal to ensure it contains the highest standards--not based on trust, but on verification--to keep Iran accountable, allow for rigorous international inspections and ensure that Iran will not have access to nuclear weapons,” she said.

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