Pelosi Statement on Iran Nuclear Framework

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after a preliminary nuclear understanding with Iran was announced by the United States and members of the P5 +1 nations:

“I commend President Obama and Secretary Kerry for their smart, tough leadership in reaching the preliminary nuclear framework announced today.

“We have no illusions about the record and conduct of the Iranian regime.  That is why this framework to roll back Iran’s nuclear program is founded not on trust, but on vigilance and enforcement.  Critically, this framework significantly restricts Iran’s enrichment capability and enables us to intensify our vigilance where it is needed most and that is inside Iran’s facilities.  The aggressive inspections and restrictions outlined in the preliminary framework offers a strong, long-term plan to stop Iran from building a bomb.

“A nuclear-armed Iran is unacceptable to the United States, unacceptable to Israel, and unacceptable to the world.  This accord will be enforced by the full strength of the United States and the collective determination of the international community.  All options remain on the table should Iran deviate from the terms of this framework, or take any steps toward a nuclear weapon.  I want to express my appreciation to Under Secretary Wendy Sherman and the negotiating team for their regular briefings to Congress, which I know will continue as this framework is finalized in the coming months.”