House Passes Resolution Condemning A Nuclear Armed Iran

In a 401 to 11 vote, the House passed a resolution Thursday stating the importance of ensuring that Iran does not develop nuclear arms.

The resolution specifically calls for the President to reaffirm the dangers of a nuclear armed Iran and outlines opposition to relying on containment if Iran does develop nuclear weapons.

While the resolution passed with overwhelming support, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), a prominent anti-war member, warned that the hardline language throws a wrench into upcoming diplomatic talks.

The Senate’s version of the resolution passed earlier this year also received condemnation from those concerned that it lowered the threshold for war.

The House resolution also urged continued economic pressure as well as a suspension of uranium enrichment and cooperation with the International Atomic Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog.

Lawmakers also called for “a permanent agreement” to ensure that the country’s nuclear program is peaceful.

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