I am somewhat alarmed at the push by a number of U.S. senators, such as our Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan, to pass Senate Bill 1881, the Menendez-Kirk bill.
At this critical moment in negotiations with Iran and other nations about Iran’s nuclear intentions and capabilities, the Congress needs to back the president in moving our aims forward in a nonviolent way that will further the possibility of the U.S. and Iran restoring amicable and productive relations in our time. The bill and any measure that would be an affront to Iran’s government and people needs to be resolutely resisted, and I implore our elected representatives to refuse to support such a measure.
We have gained the current opportunity by the success of the multilateral sanctions in place thus far, and this opportunity must not be wasted by gratuitous pressure that could very well be a deal-breaker. We must ask Burr and Hagan to prayerfully reconsider their positions on this measure and to help give leadership to a more productive approach to foreign affairs, particularly on this matter.