Washington—Following the announcement of an extension of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement:
“The P5+1 negotiations with Iran represent our best chance to peacefully ensure Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon, and I very much hope they are successful. Over the past 6 months, Iran has complied with the terms of the interim agreement and the U.S.-led sanctions regime has kept the economic pressure on Iran. While significant progress has been made, it is clear more time is needed to reach a final agreement. I strongly support an extension of these talks because a diplomatic agreement is far better than any alternative.
“Since the interim agreement in November, Iran stopped enriching above 5 percent, ceased work on the Arak heavy-water reactor, eliminated its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium and provided unprecedented access to international inspectors. Clearly there is momentum toward an agreement and we have a responsibility to see it through—as diplomacy must be the preferred course of action.”