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Congresswoman Marcia Fudge Announces Support for Iran Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) issued the following statement in support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the international agreement between the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China) and Iran:
“Having read the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), engaging in insightful conversations with both opponents and proponents of the agreement, and listening to my constituents, I have concluded that supporting the agreement is in the best interest of the United States, Israel, and our global community.  I arrived at this decision after extensive due diligence and receipt of sufficient answers to questions posed to me.  I feel confident that I have made the right decision.  
“While the agreement is not perfect, it is far better than the alternative, which is no agreement at all.   Rejecting this agreement would not only leave our country at risk, it would jeopardize global relations and trust.  Further, rejection of this agreement would allow Iran to make continued progress toward a nuclear weapon, which, in my opinion, would lead us on a path to war. 
"I believe this agreement will help ensure both the long- and short-term stability of the Middle East, the United States and the world.  Without question, Iran is dangerously close to creating a nuclear bomb.  However, if the JCPOA agreement is advanced, it would be 12-15 years from now that Iran would be able to create such a bomb.  Our ultimate goal is that Iran never have a nuclear bomb. 
"The agreement allows the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors full access to monitor all aspects of Iran’s nuclear supply chain to verify the country fulfills its pledge not to develop a nuclear weapon.  This means more transparency and increased oversight.
“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the strongest option we have to prevent Iran from continuing its nuclear weapon program.  I agree Iran may not be trustworthy, but with the safeguards put in place through this agreement, it is appropriate to give peace and diplomacy a chance. 
“I pledge to continue to work with my colleagues in Congress, the Administration, and our international partners to ensure full implementation of and compliance with the terms of this JCPOA.”