Without the nuclear deal with Iran, the Middle Eastern country would be able to have enough enriched material to build a nuclear weapon within months, while the deal means the country would not be able to build any nuclear weapons according to Senator Martin Heinrich. And the only “concrete alternative” to the deal would be a military strike and another war in the troubled region, Heinrich said. this would lead to a nuclear-armed Iran in “just a few years.” “This agreement represents the best chance to make sure Iran never obtains a weapon and the best chance for Congress to support American diplomacy—without taking any options off the table for this or future presidents,” he said. Heinrich spoke on Wednesday about his support for the deal negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry on the Senate floor.
The two members of the U.S. Senate from New Mexico, both Democrats, support a deal on nuclear weapons with Iran announced by President Barack Obama Tuesday morning. “Today, because America negotiated from a position of strength and principle, we have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region,” Obama said in remarks on Tuesday morning. “Because of this deal, the international community will be able to verify that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon.” The agreement came after negotiations between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a former member of the Senate, and a representative from Iran. Britain, China, France and Russia—which make up the other four members of the United Nations Security Council permanent members—as well as Germany were also involved. The deal has already been heavily criticized by Republicans, including those running for president.
Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Friday to speak about the Middle East including the pending nuclear deal between the United States and Iran. “I’ve been a backer of the administration…” Richardson said, “but on this one, I don’t know where I’m going to end up. Nuclear capacity, let it end or diminish.” In addition to being a former governor and member of Congress from New Mexico, Richardson was also the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and the Energy Secretary under former President Bill Clinton.