Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger: Nuclear Iran is 'total insanity'

Mar 31, 2015
Press Release




WASHINGTON – As international negotiators extended the deadline to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today released the letter he and 366 fellow Members of Congress sent President Obama detailing Iran’s history of deception, support for terrorism, and ballistic missile program.

“International inspectors report that Iran has still not revealed its past bomb work, despite its international obligations to do so,” write the 367 bipartisan Members of Congress.  “Of the 12 sets of questions that the International Atomic Energy Agency has been seeking, Tehran has answered just part of one.

“Iran’s record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran.  Indeed, a top State Department negotiator has told Congress that, ‘deception is part of (Iran’s) DNA.’  Even during the period of negotiations, Iran has illicitly procured nuclear technology.

“While the negotiations with Iran have focused exclusively on Iran’s nuclear program, it is critical that we also consider Iran’s destabilizing role in the region. Iran is boosting Assad in Syria, supporting sectarian elements in Iraq that undercut hopes for a unified and stable country, and providing assistance to Hezbollah, which continues to threaten Israel.”

The letter, originally sent on March 20th, received broad bipartisan support, including Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.

“Iran has been a state-sponsor of terrorism for over 30 years,” commented Congressman Pittenger, who serves as Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare.  “Iran is working to expand their ballistic missile program, and continues to celebrate November 4th as ‘Death to America Day.’  Allowing Iran an easy path to nuclear weapons would be total insanity.”

Full text of the bipartisan Congressional letter to President Obama is available at or by calling Congressman Pittenger’s office at 704-362-1060.