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Trump Iran Deal Decertification Endangers American Security, Leadership

October 13, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Today, President Trump announced his decision not to certify that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, is in our national security interest. This decision now gives Congress 60 days to decide whether or not to reimpose sanctions on Iran that would kill the deal. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), a supporter of the Iran deal, released the following statement:

“Iran is not our friend. That is why the JCPOA, which keeps Iran from building a nuclear weapon, is so important. Addressing Iran’s support for terror, human rights abuses, and military adventurism in the Middle East would be all but impossible should they become a nuclear power. Thanks to the JCPOA, that threat has been taken of the table for the foreseeable future. But let’s not mistake the Iran deal for the entirety of our Iran policy, which is what Trump seemed to do in his announcement today. It is obvious that in making this decision, Trump listened more to people like Sean Hannity, whose input he reportedly sought, than his own Defense Secretary who testified before Congress that the deal is in our national security interest.

“Decisions about our national security and the threat of nuclear war against our allies in Europe and the Middle East should be made based on facts, not politics. And the fact is that our allies with whom we negotiated this deal agree that it is being successfully implemented and should not be ended. If we walk away now, we do it alone, putting us at a severe disadvantage in the world and paving the way for an Iranian nuclear bomb. It is now up to Congress to do the right thing. We must be strong in containing Iran, but must not reimpose sanctions that would end the JCPOA and put them back on the path to a nuclear bomb.”