Response from Senator Menendez to Ken Dalton, VFP 21, N.J.
Dear Mr. Dalton:
Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns regarding sanctioning Iran. I appreciate hearing your views on this important matter and having the opportunity to respond.
I believe Iran poses a grave threat to the U.S. and its allies. In light of the Iranian plot to assassinate a foreign diplomat on U.S. soil and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s report revealing evidence that Iran has the technology, materials, and knowledge to build nuclear weapons, I believe that we must use all the tools of peaceful diplomacy at our disposition to stop Iran for obtaining a nuclear weapon.
Though I support sanctions to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, I do not believe these sanctions should come at the expense of the Iranian people and for this reason I included an exemption for the sale of food, medicine and medical devices in the new sanctions that passed the Congress in December 2011 and were signed into law by President Obama on New Year’s Eve.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Rest assured that as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I am committed to advancing stability and peace in the Middle East and will keep your views in mind. I invite you to visit my website (http://menendez.senate.gov) to learn more about how I am standing up for New Jersey families in the United States Senate.