Negotiations on Iran's Nuclear Program: Hearing Before U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, February 4, 2014   [open pdf - 695KB]

This is the testimony from the February 4, 2014 hearing on "Negotiations on Iran's Nuclear Program" held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Robert Menendez: "Let me say at the outset, I support the Administration's diplomatic efforts. I have always supported a two-track policy of diplomacy and sanctions. At the same time, I am convinced that we should only relieve pressure on Iran in exchange for verifiable concessions that will fundamentally dismantle Iran's nuclear program -- not by a month or two, but by a year or more. And that it be done in such a way that alarm bells will sound -- from Vienna to Washington -- should Iran restart its program anytime in the next 20 to 30 years. Any deal the Administration reaches with Iran must be verifiable, effective, and prevent Iran from ever developing even one nuclear weapon. In my view -- based on the parameters described in the Joint Plan of Action and Iranian comments in the days that have followed -- I am very concerned about Iranian willingness to reach a real agreement. This is not a nothing-ventured-nothing-gained enterprise. We have placed our incredibly effective international sanctions regime on the line without clearly defining the parameters of what we expect in a final agreement." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: David Albright, David S. Cohen, Bob Corker, Mark Dubowitz, Robert Menendez, and Wendy Sherman.

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