Pavlov: We cannot allow a nuclear Iran

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Phil Pavlov voted on Wednesday for a Senate measure that would reject the U.S.-led nuclear agreement with Iran and press for a new agreement that will prevent all pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapon.

The Senate passed Senate Resolution 104, which urges Congress to reject the agreement.

“This agreement would create a direct threat to our national security at home and the national security interests of Israel and other allies,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “It represents a severe threat to peace in the region and the world. We cannot allow a nuclear Iran.”

On July 14, a six-member coalition of nations, including the governments of Great Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany and led by the United States, reached an agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the agreement seeks to limit Iran’s capacity to refine, store, and use weapons-grade nuclear material and develop nuclear weapons in exchange for international sanctions relief.

Pavlov said the agreement lacks strength and is not in the strategic interest of the United States and its allies.

“This agreement leaves in place much of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and allows Iran to continue researching and developing nuclear material for use in intercontinental ballistic missiles that can strike the United States and short-range missiles to hit targets throughout the Middle East,” Pavlov said. “It legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program and does not block a path to a nuclear weapon.”

SR 104 states, in part:

“Given Iran’s history of deceiving the International Atomic Energy Agency and its refusal to recognize its nuclear program’s military dimension, the international community will be challenged keeping Iran’s nuclear weapons program in line with the agreement. With some of the toughest restrictions ending in ten years, Iran is 15 years from manufacturing a nuclear arsenal, which could sink the Middle East into a nuclear arms race.”

“President Obama struck a weak agreement, without strong enforcement provisions, with a regime that cannot be trusted,” Pavlov said. “The Iranian mullahs got everything they wanted, and the United States is now less safe as a result.”

Copies of SR 104 will be transmitted to the president of the United States Senate, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the members of the Michigan congressional delegation.