By Jordain Carney - 01/19/16 03:18 PM EST
Reid: Congress must stay vigilant on Iran
Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidMcConnell: Senate won't take up TPP this year Politicians can’t afford to ignore Latinos Trump poised to betray primary supporters on immigration MORE (D-Nev.) on Tuesday praised the Obama administration for implementing its nuclear deal with Iran, but warned that Congress' work on the agreement isn't over.
"Congress must accept the critical role we play in providing a vigorous oversight of the Iran agreement and Iran's compliance with the agreement, and monitoring Iran's actions in the region," Reid said from the Senate floor.
The administration announced Saturday that it had lifted sanctions against Iran, after the International Atomic Energy Agency said the nation had fufilled its commitments to dismantle its program.
While Reid praised the administration for using diplomatic talks rather than military efforts — contrasting the agreement to the Iraq War — he added that he looks "forward to working with my colleagues to keep Iran accountable" and to protect U.S. national security and Israel.
Reid was one of 42 Senate Democrats to support the Iran nuclear deal, which was reached last year.
Democrats, including Reid, largely praised the announcement of the deal's "implementation day" over the weekend, as well separate sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program and the release of five Americans being held in the country.
But they also urged the administration to remain tough on Iran over a myriad of separate issues including the missile program and support for terror groups.
Reid doubled down on that Tuesday, saying he remains "concerned" about Iran's human rights record and adding that the administration is at the "beginning of a critical period" on the nuclear agreement.