In weighing whether or not a final, comprehensive agreement supports U.S. interests and security concerns, Congress should measure the deal against the following five criteria, which CAP previously laid out in April:
- Does it cut off all of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon, including through uranium enrichment at the Fordow and Natanz facilities, plutonium production at Arak, and a covert program?
- Is the agreement verifiable through a rigorous international inspections regime of Iran’s entire nuclear supply chain and facilities?
- Is international sanctions relief tied to a clear demonstration of Iran fulfilling its commitments in a deal, and can sanctions be put back in place swiftly without being unilaterally blocked by China or Russia?
- Does it allow the United States the continued ability to counter Iranian support for terrorism or human rights abuses?
- Does it keep all U.S. options on the table to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon?
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