CHICAGO - Today, July 20, the initial deadline for the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran came to an end.
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says he hopes for a diplomatic breakthrough, but says an extension with no new non-military pressure on Iran only helps Iran get closer to a nuclear bomb.
Kirk is pushing his Menendez-Kirk sanctions bill, S. 1881, which has 60 cosponsors in the Senate, including 17 Democrats. However, a vote continues to be blocked by the Democrats who control the U.S. Senate.
"Now, as the original deadline for negotiating a deal with Iran has come, we are faced with a real and looming nuclear threat from Iran," says Kirk. "As the President and Secretary Kerry have both stated, sanctions set the table for negotiations. With more pressure on Iran, the administration would be more likely to obtain an agreement that prevents a nuclear Iran."
Kirk says his Menendez-Kirk sanctions bill would:
- Increase chances of an acceptable nuclear agreement with Iran
- Apply non-military pressure to Iranian regime with goal of halting Iran's nuclear threat
- Force Iran to dismantle their illicit nuclear infrastructure
"We need a deal that is comprehensive, airtight and long-lasting," says Kirk.