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Schumer Supports Toughest Sanctions Possible

New York, NY- U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement regarding the ongoing negotiations involving Iran sanctions:


“A nuclear Iran is a huge threat to the United States and an existential threat to Israel. I agree with Prime Minister Netanyahu that a nuclear Iran is an existential threat to Israel.  One nuclear weapon, hurled from Iran to Israel could end the Jewish state and could kill almost as many Jews as did Hitler. A successful deal will not be a middle-of-the-road compromise, but a deal that removes any possibility of Iran being able to use nuclear weapons.


“A nuclear Iran is not only an existential threat to Israel, it is also a huge threat to the U.S. and the rest of the world. A nuclear Iran could send weapons to Saudi oil fields, destroying them and sending the world economy into chaos, and could poison our atmosphere. A nuclear Iran would further destabilize an already-volatile region, and fuel more aggressive support of Iranian-backed terror organizations. To those who say Iran is not going to use a weapon, I say: if there is only a 10% chance Iran uses a nuclear weapon it is vital we prevent it.


“A nuclear Iran is an unacceptable scenario.  I believe the only way Iran will voluntarily stop their march for nuclear weapons is if they know that tougher and tougher sanctions will be enacted if they fail to come a strong agreement that prohibits them from obtaining nuclear weapons. The only thing that brought Iran to the table were strong sanctions, not the goodness of their hearts. That it is why I am a co-sponsor of the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015 (Kirk/Menendez) in the Senate and why I voted the bill out of Committee. I have been one of the leaders in pushing the toughest possible sanctions against Iran. If Iran does not come to an agreement by March 24th I stand ready to vote for additional sanctions.”