On One Year Anniversary of Iran Nuclear Agreement, Menendez Talks New Bill to Hold Iran Accountable

On One Year Anniversary of Iran Nuclear Agreement, Menendez Talks New Bill to Hold Iran Accountable

Releases GAO report critical of IAEA’s capacity to monitor, verify and meet requirements of JCPOA


WASHINGTON, DC– U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said during a hearing today on the one year anniversary of the Iran nuclear agreement (JCPOA) that the United States must “pursue Iran’s nefarious activities apart from the JCPOA.”  He also underscored findings in a new report by the GAO of deficiencies in the IAEA’s ability to meet requirements of the JCPOA and highlighted bipartisan legislation he introduced with Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) that would provide stronger Congressional oversight of the deal.

Earlier today, Sens. Menendez and Corker introduced the Countering Iranian Threats Act which extends the Iran Sanctions Act; expands sanctions for ballistic missile development, support for terrorism, and other illicit Iranian actions; and sanctions transfers of conventional weapons to or from Iran.

Menendez and Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) requested the GAO study last year soon after the JCPOA was announced and the IAEA was placed in charge of the monitoring and verification of Iran’s commitments under the agreement. Specifically, the non-partisan GAO was asked to review the authorities, resources and potential challenges this independent international organization has in fulfilling this critical mission.

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