Ranking Member Deutch Statement on President Trump's Withdrawal from Iran Deal
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, issued this statement following President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Iran nuclear agreement:
"I regret the President’s decision to weaken American leadership around the globe.
"I have expressed my concerns about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, but I have been clear that American leadership is necessary for the vigorous enforcement of its terms. Nothing in the deal precludes us from going after Iran’s dangerous non-nuclear activities. But unilaterally walking away from the JCPOA will not help stop Iran’s pursuit of ballistic missiles, nor will it give access for inspectors to sites of concern, and it won’t extend the length of the restrictions under the JCPOA.
"This isn’t how we 'get tough' on Iran. In fact, President Trump’s decision today makes it harder to exert American leadership and influence on all of the dangerous things Iran continues to do outside the scope of the deal. To stop Iran from developing and testing ballistic missiles and to crackdown on its support for terrorism, we should lead our allies on the imposition of tough multilateral sanctions. To stop Iran’s human rights abuses and its hostage taking of foreign nationals, including my constituent Bob Levinson, we should lead our allies in a broad coalition to exert significant pressure on the Iranian regime.
"We walk away from this deal alone, losing visibility into Iran’s nuclear activities and losing our ability to make sure the deal is being enforced in the strictest manner possible. By casting aside our allies we lose their trust and weaken our position to lead the international community in preventing Iranian nuclear weapons, stopping Iran's destabilizing behavior, and on other pressing global security issues.
"Now that the President has chosen to pull the US out of the JCPOA, he must explain to Congress, the American people, and the world what is his plan to ensure Iran will not acquire a nuclear weapon? How will we prevent Iran from continuing to destabilize the Middle East and threaten our national interests and the security of our allies?
"As the President chooses to walk alone, Congress must continue to work with our allies to stop Iran from exporting terror, pursuing ballistic missiles, violating human rights, and ensuring it never acquires a nuclear weapon. Unfortunately, the President's decision today is an abdication of American leadership and trust."