WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – today released the following statement in support of the international agreement designed to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

“It’s critical that we prevent Iran from developing or acquiring a nuclear weapon. This agreement is the only viable option to achieve that goal. I have studied the details, listened to Ohioans on all sides of this issue, and consulted with nuclear experts like Energy Secretary Moniz, other administration officials, U.S. intelligence officials, and the ambassadors of our P5+1 allies. This deal is not about trusting the Iranian regime, but instead working with our allies on comprehensive, verifiable restrictions to block Iran’s pathways to a nuclear bomb without precipitating another war in the Middle East. We must continue to work with our allies in the Middle East – including our most important ally in the region, Israel – to ensure that their security concerns are fully addressed. Finally, Iran must understand that should it violate the terms of the agreement all options remain on the table.”