Sen. Donnelly Speaks On Iranian Nuclear Halt

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

November 30, 2013 Updated Nov 30, 2013 at 9:01 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Senator Joe Donnelly speaks on Iran’s agreement to halt nuclear weapons program in exchange for economic support.

It was just last weekend when we learned Iran had come to an agreement with six world powers to halt their nuclear program.

The deal calls for Iran to freeze their nuclear program in exchange for having harsh economic sanctions lifted. The overall goal is to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons all together.

Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D - 2nd District) was in Fort Wayne earlier this week giving a contribution to Community Harvest Food Bank. 21 alive asked Donnelly about the agreement.

Donnelly says while some in Washington fear the Iranian government will not keep their word for the allotted six-month period.

That’s why Donnelly says Iran will undergo daily inspections, but he also believes the U.S. should take extra precautions.

"My expectation is that we might have additional sanctions put in place. The sanctions will be passed, but they'll be held in reserve until we see whether or not Iran meets their obligations. If they do, then they won't be put in place, the additional sanctions. If they don't they'll be immediately put in place,” said Donnelly.

Donnelly says the main concern is Iran’s uranium enrichment, which can be used to power nuclear reactors and warheads.




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