Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on remarks made by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that sanctions will be “impossible” to re-impose and that purchasing conventional arms would not violate the nuclear agreement:
“Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif revealed exactly how his country plans to ‘adhere’ to the nuclear agreement, and it is exactly what we feared. Though the Obama Administration has argued repeatedly that if Iran violated the deal, sanctions can be snapped back, Iran remains certain that the scale of foreign investment would effectively prevent the world from re-imposing sanctions. This is something that Secretary Kerry and President Obama should have certainly been aware of and prevented during negotiations. The foreign minister also stated that a violation of the UN resolution prohibiting the purchasing of conventional arms and missiles is not a violation of the overall agreement. So the Iranians believe they can violate aspects of the agreement without penalty. It seems that they interpret the agreement much differently than the Administration.
“Iran’s Foreign Minister went on to say that Iran can deny access to nuclear and military sites under this deal. This is why anytime, anywhere inspections were a fundamental requirement, to ensure that there is no room for debate.
“The Administration should explain why their interpretation of this deal is, in numerous areas, at odds with the Iranians’. Without a satisfactory explanation, nobody can be sure what deal was actually negotiated.”
NOTE: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the above on July 21, 2015 in an open parliament session to brief Iranian MPs on the content of the nuclear deal.