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Cautious support of Iran nuclear deal; needs more oversight

Sen. Richard Blumenthal is among a group of senate Democrats pushing a bill that would increase oversight of Iran's nuclear development program and increase military assistance to Israel. The legislation ups the ante on a multilateral deal passed last month that allows sanctions on Iran to be lifted in exchange for a monitoring protocol for its nuclear facilities to ensure weapons aren't being constructed.

When news of a brokered deal first emerged this summer, Blumenthal welcomed the use of diplomacy but warned against deception. "While our common hope may be that diplomacy has succeeded in barring an Iranian path to nuclear weapons capability, Congress must apply exacting standards and strict scrutiny," he said at the time.

The newly proposed legislation sets US policy on Iran to state explicitly that "Iran does not have an inherent right to uranium enrichment," and that "all of the options available to the US, including the military option, remain available."

Source: CT News Junkie on 2016 Connecticut Senate race , Oct 5, 2015

Strengthen sanctions on Iran, adding an arms embargo

Q: Do you believe the sanctions on Iran are proving effective in preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons?

BLUMENTHAL: The current political leadership in Tehran has repeatedly demonstrated antipathy toward basic human rights, and an unyielding animosity toward Israel. I support strengthening the current structure of sanctions on Iran, and work to increase the pressure on the Iranian regime until it relinquishes its aspirations for nuclear weapons. Some of the actions I would support include gaining international support for an arms embargo, targeted travel bans, freezing of assets, and sanctions designed to impede the flow of refined petroleum products into Iran.

McMAHON: The first, and most important, thing we must do is prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. The US should continue to exert pressure and press for hard sanctions against Iran until the threat is neutralized. All options in dealing with Iran must remain on the table.

Source: Connecticut Jewish Ledger coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate , Sep 29, 2010

Withdraw US combat troops from Iraq

I support the Administration's plan to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of August 2010. Withdrawal will allow U.S. forces to rededicate themselves to our primary fight against Al Qaeda, while encouraging Iraqi leaders to reach a lasting political accommodation that will endure without the presence of .. troops. The US must use its influence to encourage Iraq's leaders to settle disputes peacefully and within the legal framework they have established under the Iraqi Constitution.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, richardblumenthal.com "Issues" , Aug 12, 2010

Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment.

Blumenthal co-sponsored Resolution on Iran's nuclear program

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives, that Congress--
  1. Reaffirms that the US Government has a vital interest in working together to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability;
  2. warns that time is limited to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability;
  3. urges continued and increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran until a full and sustained suspension of all uranium enrichment-related activities;
  4. expresses that the window for diplomacy is closing;
  5. expresses support for the universal rights and democratic aspirations of the people of Iran;
  6. strongly supports US policy to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability;
  7. rejects any US policy that would rely on containment as an option in response to the Iranian nuclear threat.
Source: HRes568/SR41 12-SJR41 on May 24, 2012

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