Evaluating Key Components of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, June 25, 2015   [open pdf - 377KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the June 25, 2015 hearing "Evaluating Key Components of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran" held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the testimony of Mr. David Albright: "The U.S. administration and its partners in the P5+1 [5 party + 1] are poised to conclude a momentous agreement with Iran designed to limit its nuclear programs in exchange for significant sanctions relief. Congress has a special responsibility to evaluate this agreement and judge its adequacy to protect U.S. national security interests in the short and long term. As part of this process, it should create legislation to codify the agreement, its implementation processes, critical interpretations of the agreement, reporting requirements, clarifications about violations and consequences of non-compliance, and steps needed to mitigate weaknesses in the agreement. The legislative branch must determine if the agreement is adequate to achieve the goal it originally set out to achieve -- namely instituting international confidence in the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear programs, not just for the duration of the accord, but for the foreseeable future. Special attention should be given to an agreement whose nuclear limits sunset after 10-15 years, potentially leaving the world with an even more insecure and heightened situation in Iran in terms of a greatly reduced Iranian breakout timeline, and more advanced centrifuges spinning and capable of creating weapon-grade uranium (WGU) within shorter periods of time." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: David Albright, Ray Takeyh, and Jim Walsh.

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