Chautauqua County’s representative in congress is speaking out against a recent deal made with Iran that includes lifting U.S. sanctions on the Middle Eastern County.
During a media call with reporters, Congressman Tom Reed Monday voiced his opposition to the deal President Obama reached with Iran to ease economic sanctions, saying taking the pressure off Iran brings the country closer to becoming a nuclear power.
The Corning Republican added that such a nuclear threat would put U.S. troops at risk, U.S. security at risk, and puts the nation’s allies at risk. Reed also said not only is he supportive of sanctions being fully enforced, he would also be supportive of additional sanctions being placed on Iran.
In July, the House passed the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act with a strong bipartisan vote of 400-20. Reed called on the Senate Monday to take up the House-approved Iran sanctions bill and force Iran to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Since the President announced the six-month deal, Iran has said it will not stop work on its reactor at Arak, one of the key sites.