More than half of the U.S. Senate has signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to re-emphasize his “readiness to take military action against Iran if it continues its efforts to acquire a nuclear weapon.”
Both Pennsylvania Sens. Bob Casey, a Democrat, and Pat Toomey, a Republican, signed the letter.
Obama has stated that “all options are on the table” for the Iranian threat, but his administration has also indicated there remains “time and space” for diplomacy and sanctions to work before resorting to a military option.
Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) initiated the letter, signed by 57 senators, stating that despite bipartisan work on “the most stringent sanctions ever against Iran” during the past four years, the Islamic Republic has “quintupled its stockpile of low-enriched uranium since 2009.” The letter also warned that Iran has more than doubled its number of centrifuges at the hardened Fordow enrichment facility since this summer; and that the country continues “to reject the demands of the International Atomic Energy Agency, including refusing to allow inspectors to visit sites where nuclear weaponization work is suspected to have occurred.”