Maloney Statement on Trump Decision to Withhold Certification of Iran Deal
In response to President Trump’s decision to withhold certification of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Deal, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement condemning the decision:
“The President’s decision to withhold certification of the JCPOA risks our credibility in the world without doing anything to strengthen the deal. Iran is the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism and must never have nuclear weapon. I’m pleased that Congress has recently passed, with my strong support, sanctions to crack down on Iran’s ballistic missile program, as well as its sponsorship of terrorism, human rights abuses, and support for the Assad regime.
“Unfortunately, the President’s non-action today will not help in the effort to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, nor will it prevent Iran from ramping up its long range missile program or curtail its destabilizing actions in the region. Instead, this unilateral decision to withhold certification will damage our alliances, weaken our country’s standing in the world, hamper our efforts to deal with North Korea, and leave lasting negative consequences for our future diplomatic efforts.
“Less than ten days ago, Defense Secretary Mattis testified that our intelligence community and the International Atomic Energy Agency believe that Iran has been compliant with the terms of the JCPOA. Under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, the President is required to provide to Congress credible evidence of Iranian noncompliance with JCPOA. To date, he has not provided such information. As long as our military leaders and the IAEA verify that Iran is complying with the JCPOA, and that our partners are abiding by its terms, then I agree with Secretary Mattis that remaining in the Iran Deal is vital to the national security interests of the United States.”