Coffman Leads on Letter to Secretary of State Opposing Administration's Negotiations With Iran

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Washington, DC, November 14, 2013 | comments

U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO), along with 23 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry in opposition to the Obama Administration’s negotiations with Iran.  The Administration is currently leading a diplomatic effort to relax the sanctions that are crippling the Iranian economy in exchange for a “freeze” of their suspected nuclear weapons program.

“It is very troubling that while we are negotiating with Iran, a country led by individuals who have proven they cannot be trusted, who call for the destruction of Israel, and who support international terrorism, Tehran continues enriching uranium,” Coffman wrote in the letter to Kerry . 

The letter reflects a growing frustration with the Obama administration, among mostly House and Senate Republicans, with their latest diplomatic initiative to slow Iran’s suspected development of nuclear weapons.  The House has already passed, in a bipartisan manner, additional sanctions against Iran’s energy and financial sectors while no action has been taken on companion legislation in the Senate. 

Our ally in the Middle East, Israel, along with many House and Senate Republicans, believes that relaxing economic sanctions would only give the Iranian government some breathing room and sanctions should only be relaxed when the Iranians agree to completely dismantle their nuclear weapons program and submit to robust international inspections.

“The bottom line is that we should not relax a single sanction until the Iranian government terminates its program of nuclear enrichment beyond what would be needed for peaceful purposes, as verified by international inspectors,” Coffman wrote in the letter.

The letter to Secretary of State John Kerry can be found here. 

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