Written Statement by Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken before the House Foreign Affairs Committee

Update on Iran Negotiations
March 19, 2015

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Good morning, Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, distinguished members of the Committee.  Thank you for inviting me here today to discuss our efforts to reach a comprehensive solution to the challenge posed by Iran’s nuclear program.

Today, as we speak, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman are in Switzerland with our P5+1 partners negotiating with the government of Iran over the future of its nuclear program. Our goal for these negotiations is one I know you share, which is to verifiably ensure Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon. This is about making the United States safer, making our allies across the Middle East safer, and making the world safer.

Since these negotiations are on-going, it is inappropriate to share the details in this forum. But what I do hope to do today is share some of the core principles guiding our efforts to reach a long-term comprehensive joint plan of action that verifiably ensures that Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. I will also share our broader view of Iran, beyond the confines of its nuclear program, and why it is important that we reach a deal that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.