The Mankato Democrat said that while the deal is "far from perfect," it offers the best chance of stopping the Iranian nuclear program. Here is Walz's entire statement:
Washington, DC [8/11/15] – Today, Rep. Tim Walz announced his intention to support the Iran nuclear agreement and released the following statement:
“A month ago, I pledged to review this deal vigorously, hear from Minnesotans and do the due diligence a representative democracy requires. After weeks of careful consideration and study, meetings with experts, and talking with Minnesotans with passionate views on both sides, I intend to support the nuclear agreement brokered with Iran.
This deal is far from perfect, and I harbor no illusions that the hate and violence of the Iranian regime will fade after it goes into effect. I expect Iran will continue to be a destabilizing force in the region and a threat to America and our allies. But, I believe this agreement is our best path forward. The economic sanctions have played a critical role in getting us to an agreement, but I do not believe they are a long term solution.
This deal gives us the best chance we have had in years to halt the Iranian nuclear program. It dismantles the progress they have made and opens up the country to strict inspections. Should Iran violate the terms of the agreement, we reserve the right to reimpose the kind of strict economic sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place. And, as always, we retain our right to defend ourselves from Iranian aggression.
Folks of good faith on both sides agree that preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb is critical to global security. The conversation about how to best protect America and our allies is far from over and I look forward to continuing the robust debate about how to accomplish our shared goals.
Walz's opponent, Blue Earth Republican Jim Hagedorn, is opposed to the deal because he believes it creates a pathway for the country to build a nuclear weapon and will increase Iran's influence in the Middle East and North Africa. Click here to Download Hagedorn's Iran deal statement