Representative Meeks’ Statement on Trump’s Withdrawl from Iran Deal
May 8, 2018
Representative Meeks’ Statement on Trump’s Withdrawal from Iran Deal
Washington, DC— Senior Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, JCOPE, and reinstatement of sanctions:
“President Trump’s reinstatement of sanctions against Iran and his withdrawal from the JCPOA sabotages a deal that is working as designed. In so doing, he has set us on a perilous course forward, endangering Americans, tarnishing the United States’ leadership role, and undermining stability in the Middle East.
“I have followed this process from the JCPOA’s inception; I have gone to great lengths to stay informed on related developments. It is clear to me that President Trump’s decision to pull out of the JCPOA is not based on any facts and is disconnected from expert input. From the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), to our world allies in the P5+1, everyone is in agreement: the JCPOA is working; everyone, now, except for the Trump Administration.
“Like so much this administration does, including reneging on the Paris agreement and the DREAM Act, his unilateral decision to withdraw from the Iran deal is based on nothing but a desire to spite and dismantle the accomplishments of President Barack Obama. This is a good deal, forged over years of multilateral diplomacy and is in the best interests of the United States, of our allies in the region, and those around the world.
“Without a back-up plan and absent any clear strategy, tearing up the JCPOA restarts and accelerates Iran’s path to nuclearization. Once again, Trump has made it clear that he does not act based on fact and the best interest of the American people.”