Coffman Opposes Iran Deal

Coffman to Oppose Weakening Sanctions

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Washington, DC, November 25, 2013 | comments

U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) today reacted to the six month agreement reached this past weekend in Geneva, Switzerland between the P5+1 nations (the United States, England, France, Russia, China and Germany) and Iran that grants billions of dollars in relief from economic sanctions in response to a temporary reduction in Iran’s uranium enrichment program.  Critics of the deal, including Coffman, have stressed that the regime in Iran must prove their weapons program is completely dismantled before any relief can be offered.  

"The Obama administration wants to throw a lifeline to the Iranian government by relaxing economic sanctions in exchange for temporarily freezing, not terminating, their nuclear weapons program,” said Coffman.

Coffman, along with 23 other members of the House of Representatives, wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry last week, expressing the view that Iran’s recent election of new, less combative and antagonistic president was proof that the economic sanctions were working and should not be relaxed in exchange for false hope that the real power in Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, would simply discontinue efforts to acquire a nuclear weapon.

“The only way to get the Iranians to stop developing a nuclear weapon is to promote regime change and the best way to do that is to make the economic sanctions much tougher, not weaker. The Iranian government must be forced into a position of choosing whether to retain power and give up their nuclear ambitions or lose power as a consequence of their economy completely collapsing."

In July, the House of Representatives passed legislation strengthening the economic sanctions against Iran by a vote of 400-20.  That bill, H.R. 850, is awaiting action in the Senate.

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