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Shane Osborn, a former Naval pilot and now a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, said Sunday that the U.S. should keep sanctions in place against Iran, not ease them. Osborn issued a full statement in response to the agreement finalized last evening between Iran, the United States and the P-5 Plus 1 Group on Iran's nuclear program:
Osborn, who also served a term as Nebraska Treasurer, said he has "deep reservations about the agreement reached in Geneva late last evening."
He also said:
"While the specifics of the agreement are beginning to be made public, a key requirement appears to be missing. That requirement is for Iran to stop, not delay, its nuclear enrichment capacity.
“The United States is further alienating our remaining allies in the region and failing to adequately stand with Israel. I must side with Israel’s assessment of the situation. Iran does not seek to acquire nuclear capacity for peaceful means. They seek to further destabilize the region and the world by developing a nuclear weapon.
“Easing the current sanctions in place has thrown Tehran an economic lifeline when we should actually be tightening the noose to starve their nuclear program. We cannot wait until December to reevaluate the sanctions on the Iranians. We should be increasing the multilateral sanctions to ensure that Iran is complying with all current United Nations Treaty Obligations. Just this morning in international markets, Iran’s currency the Rial rose 3-percent against the dollar. The Iranians are already benefiting from our failed diplomacy.”
“I urge the U.S.Senate to increase sanctions against Iran. Current debate on the National Defense Authorization Act would be the appropriate mechanism. Senate Majority Leader Reid must allow for full debate and the minority to offer amendments to this critical piece of national security legislation.”
Osborn faces Midland University President Ben Sasse, who served in the federal Health and Human Services department under George W. Bush; Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale of Pinnacle Bank, and Bart McLeay, a leading Omaha business attorney in the Republican primary election race for the Senate seat.
Also, rancher and businessman Jim Jenkins of Callaway, an investment broker who founded the Whiskey Creek steakhouse chain and the Skeeter Barnes restaurant, is running as an independent.