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Collins doesn’t like deal with Iran on nuclear program

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 November 2013 at 12:00 am

A deal announced Saturday night that eases economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for freezes in key parts of Iran’s nuclear program is drawing criticism from many Republicans in Congress, including Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence.

President Barack Obama says the agreement with the support of close U.S. allies is “an important first step toward a comprehensive solution that addresses our concerns with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program.”

Collins issued a statement this afternoon about the agreement.

“This deal, on its face, is a troubling, dangerous recognition of Iran’s right to enrich uranium and potentially endangers our strongest Middle East ally in Israel.

“I am especially skeptical that a regime which has prided itself on secrecy and deception will suddenly embrace transparency and openness.

“America should be strengthening sanctions, in line with the bipartisan bill the House passed this summer which toughens our stance against Iran.”

Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, called the act with Iran “a historic mistake.”

Obama, in an address to Americans last night, said Iran’s nuclear program is halted for the first time in a decade as part of the deal.

“Ultimately, only diplomacy can bring about a durable solution to the challenge posed by Iran’s nuclear program,” Obama said in his speech. “As President and Commander-in-Chief, I will do what is necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. But I have a profound responsibility to try to resolve our differences peacefully, rather than rush towards conflict. Today, we have a real opportunity to achieve a comprehensive, peaceful settlement, and I believe we must test it.”