Thune Statement on Conclusion of Iran Negotiations

“… I am gravely concerned that the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism will soon have access to billions of dollars … to finance its campaign for increased regional influence.”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement regarding the nuclear agreement with Iran announced today:

“Now that a deal has been struck, the onus is on President Obama to convince the American people that the contents of this deal are beneficial to the safety and security of our nation. I look forward to further reviewing details of the agreement, but I am deeply skeptical that it will stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and I am gravely concerned that the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism will soon have access to billions of dollars and other resources to finance its campaign for increased regional influence.

“Over the past several weeks, there has been bipartisan concern that the administration was making too many concessions for the sake of getting a deal. Unfortunately, those concerns appear to be validated by the agreement announced today. It is extremely disconcerting that even before hearing input from Congress, the president has already stated he will veto any bill that threatens this agreement.”

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