Slaughter Blasts President Trump’s Decision to Decertify the Iran Nuclear Deal
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) today released the following statement in reaction to President Trump decertifying the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a deal designed to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
“The president’s decision will isolate the United States. The Iran nuclear deal was carefully crafted through a broad, international effort that included the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China. It will be difficult if not impossible to reassemble that kind of support again. The United Nations Security Council approved it unanimously and all of the experts tell us today it remains our best path forward to continuing to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons. The world’s nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, confirmed this week that Iran is complying with the deal. That same view is shared by dozens of retired military leaders and security officials from Republican and Democratic administrations, as well as international observers. This week I met with some of the chief architects of this deal, including former Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, and former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman. Ambassadors from France, the European Union, Great Britain, and Germany also attended, representing their countries as part of the deal. They made clear that before this deal went into effect, Iran was just two months away from building a nuclear bomb. They also reiterated that it was in our national interest to remain a part of the agreement.
Former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak has made clear that this agreement does not threaten Israel. Despite what the critics are claiming, the agreement also allows for the inspection of military sites and includes the ability to make necessary changes when key milestones are reached. The president’s decision to withhold certification of this deal will only hand Iran a victory and make China’s cooperation in dealing with the North Korea far less likely. It should be deeply concerning not only to Congress but to our international allies that the president has moved to decertify this deal even over objections from his own Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This rash decision will have consequences around the globe. It flies in the face of the facts and the opinions of experts and could lead to yet another conflict abroad. Once again, the Trump administration is putting partisan campaign promises and the president’s worst impulses ahead of keeping American families safe.”