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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Congressman Sherman Statement on Iran Prisoner Swap


Jan 16, 2016
Press Release

Washington DC –Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and former Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism released the following statement regarding the Iran prisoner swap:

"This is a swap, not a gift. 

"This is a significant victory for those of us who care about the American hostages and their families. It is also a significant victory for an Iranian regime that has helped kill thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Syrians

"This deal will help Iran develop missiles and nuclear weapons in three ways:

"Iran is subject to limitations on purchase of nuclear and missile technology and needs expertise to evade these controls.  First Iran benefits from this deal by showing all those in its evasion network that if they get caught, they will be rescued.”

"Second, the 7 individuals being released will provide Iran with significant expertise in how to evade missile and nuclear control sanctions and how not to get caught next time.

"Third, this deal helps Iran's economy.  European businessman will feel a little bit safer in flying to Tehran.  Also, it will be harder to pass new sanctions in Congress on Iran because the hostages were the simplest and clearest reason to do so.

"This prisoner swap may be part of a good foreign policy if we impose new sanctions designed to punish Iran for its illegal missile tests and dissuade Iran from killing thousands in Syria and Yemen."