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Udall: We Need to Understand Iran Nuclear Deal Specifics

Congress needs time to understand how the historic agreement reached with Iran over its nuclear program will prevent that country from building an atomic weapon, says U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Courtesy: Office of Senator Tom Udall
Congress needs time to understand how the historic agreement reached with Iran over its nuclear program will prevent that country from building an atomic weapon, says U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Courtesy: Office of Senator Tom Udall
July 15, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is among those supporting the Obama administration's historic nuclear deal with Iran. But he's also calling for more time to understand how it will work to stop Iran from getting or building a nuclear weapon.

"I urge Congress to study the agreement thoughtfully - not with an eye towards U.S. politics, but on what will prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon or the materials to develop one," he said. "This is the greatest nuclear non-proliferation challenge of our time, and it's a challenge that we must meet."

Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the agreement likely will have its share of critics, but added that he believes any deal that could avert a possible war and help stabilize the volatile Middle East is a step in the right direction. The complicated agreement ultimately could ease international economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for oversight of its nuclear programs.

Jay Coghlan, executive director of Nuclear Watch New Mexico, said he agrees with Udall that any agreement with any nation wanting a nuclear bomb is a good thing.

"This has been a long dance between the United States and Iran, full of mutual recriminations and grievances," he said. "Let's just hope that this is a step forward towards a peaceful and potentially productive relationship."

More information on Nuclear Watch is online at nukewatch.org.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NM