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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) today released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal:
“President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Deal turns our back on our allies and hands Iranian hardliners a gift that makes the world more dangerous—and America less secure. Iran will now feel free to re-launch their nuclear program, and other nations will be encouraged to pursue their own nuclear development since America clearly cannot be trusted to uphold the agreements that we make.
“The President has done this with no plan to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, and we stand to lose significant access to intelligence to track Iran’s progress. President Trump is also misleading the country by suggesting that an America-alone approach can stop Iran. Sanctions only brought Iran to the negotiating table when we imposed them with our allies.
“As Americans, we have always prided ourselves on having the values and integrity to lead the world. President Trump is making it clear that, under his tenure, this is no longer the case.”
The IAEA and U.S. military leaders have repeatedly testified that the deal has and continues to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and subjects Iran to unprecedented monitoring and inspections. In testimony before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, Gen. Joseph Votel said, “it is in our interest to stay in the Iran nuclear deal.” Additionally, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, said in a House Armed Services Committee hearing that Iran continues to abide by the terms of the deal.
Rep. Moulton is a member of the House Armed Service Committee and Co-Chair of the Democratic Caucus’ National Security Task Force.
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