Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Jul 14, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02) issued the following statement regarding the agreement announced this morning between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Russia, plus Germany) regarding Iran’s nuclear power and potential threat of nuclear weapons:

“Even though an agreement has been reached regarding the Iranian nuclear program, it is vital that the United States Congress scrutinizes the deal between the P5+1 and Iran to ensure the U.S. and its allies' security interests are maintained for the future. We must remain especially vigilant by ensuring the agreement holds Iran to the highest standards of transparency and accountability.

“The opportunity to improve our relationship with Iran could potentially lead to greater stability in a region torn apart by war and religious strife. Nevertheless, we must not be naïve. The prospect of peace and stability can only be realized if the world is assured Iran will not threaten its neighbors with nuclear aggression.

“In the coming weeks, Congress will review the agreement closely to ensure that it will stand the test of time. It is vital that the international community has full access to Iranian military and research installations to ensure that Iran does not engage in illicit nuclear enrichment. Inspectors must be able to determine whether Iranian nuclear infrastructure has been dismantled so that its capacity to build a nuclear weapon is measured in years, not weeks. In addition, Iran must adhere to all United Nations Security Council Resolutions requiring detailed explanations of previous efforts to obtain nuclear weapons.

“Thirty five years of hostility and mistrust against the United States, Israel, and its allies cannot simply be swept away by the signature of a pen in Vienna, Austria. It will take vigilance on our side to ensure that Iran keeps its word now and into the future.”

For more information on the details of the deal, please click here.