Langevin Statement on the President’s Decision to Decertify Iran Nuclear Deal

Oct 13, 2017 Issues: Armed Services

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement following President Trump’s decertification of Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iranian nuclear weapons:

“The President’s actions today threaten both our national security and international stability. The objective of the JCPOA is clear: to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear arms capability. Iran continues to comply with the requirements of the agreement, which include a reduced stockpile of low-enriched uranium; strict limitations on centrifuges, research and development efforts, and the amount of fissile materials; and on-the-ground inspections and assessments by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). By decertifying their compliance with the JCPOA, the President risks triggering a regional arms race, increasing tensions across the Middle East, and further dividing the global community.”

“President Trump’s own advisors have publicly agreed with international observers that Iran is complying with the terms of the deal. Despite this clear evidence, the President is again displaying his willingness to desert our international commitments. When the President fails to represent the United States as a forthright international partner, it only emboldens our adversaries across the globe. Rather than recklessly abandoning this agreement, we must continue to conduct rigorous oversight of the plan’s implementation to ensure Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon. I urge the President to reconsider and to certify this important agreement.”