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U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., joined Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., along with 45 of his Republican colleagues in the Senate last week in sending an open letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran about the ongoing nuclear negotiations between their country and the United States.

Enzi signed the letter to Iran’s leaders because he believes it is important for Congress to approve any deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

“This letter is especially important since only Congress can lift sanctions on Iran. I believe that Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. The best way to ensure that there is an agreement and that diplomacy can succeed is for Congress to have the opportunity to approve it,” Enzi said.

Enzi said it should come as no surprise that senators are interested in how talks with Iran are progressing. The importance of preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons cannot be overstated and it should be obvious the senators’ letter is simply a reminder to Iran that Congress does have a role to play in accepting a final deal that can last. Congress is doing its job by double checking the administration’s work. Enzi believes it is not in the best interest of our country to pave the way for Iran to fall back into old patterns where they have used negotiations to get concessions and then turned right back around to building up their nuclear weapons program.