U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has introduced a resolution to put the Senate on record against any strategy of containment for a nuclear-armed Iran.
Graham’s office says the bipartisan resolution currently has 27 Senate co-sponsors.
Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee says “It’s obvious to most people that once Iran obtains nuclear capability others in the region will respond in kind,” said Graham. “A nuclear-armed Iran also makes it exponentially more likely this information could fall into the hands of terrorist organizations.”
The Graham resolution rejects future efforts to contain a nuclear weapons capable Iran and “urges continued and increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran until they agree to the full and sustained suspension of all uranium enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, complete cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on all outstanding questions related to their nuclear activities including implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Additional Protocol, and the verified end of their ballistic missile programs.”
“I believe, to some extent, sanctions are working and believe they can be successful in helping turn around Iran’s nuclear ambitions,” says Graham. “However it is imperative the Russian and Chinese assist the international community in changing Iranian behavior.”