Lance on Iran: “Any final deal must be approved by Congress”

Lance on Iran: “Any final deal must be approved by Congress”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Ronald Reagan once cautioned his countrymen to “trust, but verify” in foreign affairs.

Barack Obama? I’m not sure how we can describe his philosophy. Surrender and hope?

Bend over and pray?

You can ask the Chinese all about it!

Needless to say, Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), co-chair of the House’s Republican Israel Caucus, is skeptical of a new “framework” arising from ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations that frees Iran from sanctions but doesn’t appear to bind them to anything meaningful.

Kerry Iranian Zarif“The Obama Administration must be completely transparent with Congress and the American people on the details of this framework,” explained Lance in a Good Friday statement. “For decades, Iran has been pursuing a nuclear program – operating thousands of centrifuges and concealing secret nuclear facilities from the world.  Tough sanctions brought Iran to the bargaining table out of desperation.  We must now carefully consider the tools and leverage we have to hold Iran accountable.  Congress and the international stakeholders must be able to review the details of the framework before any sanctions are lifted.  And any final deal must be approved by Congress.”

“Iran is a known state sponsor of terrorism,” he continued. “Many tough questions remain as to how Iran will reengage in world affairs and if they will promote peace and freedom  – at home and across the Middle East.  The Administration must work with Congress to address these questions and other remaining concerns about the safety and security of our Nation and our interests.”

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