01.16.16

Congresswoman Lee's Statement on Iran's Compliance with the International Plan to Dismantle Its Nuclear Program

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement following the announcement from the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran has complied with the international agreement to dismantle its nuclear program:

"Yesterday's announcement by the IAEA, as well as the release of 5 Americans unjustly held in Iran, shows that diplomacy works.

As someone who has long advocated for negotiations with Iran, I am encouraged that Iran has complied with the international agreement to dismantle its nuclear program.

Additionally, the quick release of ten American sailors who unintentionally drifted into Iran's waters shows that our two nations have opened a new, more cooperative chapter.

I applaud Administration's and Secretary Kerry's tireless efforts to secure this deal that makes our world safer. We must continue to pursue all diplomatic avenues to ensure peace and global security."

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Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.