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Quigley Statement on the Trump Administration's Iran Deal Decision

May 8, 2018
Press Release


WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as a Member on the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement:

“President Trump’s decision to pull out of the JCPOA is dangerous, shortsighted, and will undoubtedly make America—and our allies—less safe. Despite the deceptive rhetoric and degradation of the JCPOA by its critics, the facts remain: JCPOA is working as intended and is containing Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

“The decision to walk away from the Iran nuclear deal will not only impact our relationship with Iran and spur a ripple of consequences across the Middle East, but it will also affect our ongoing negotiations with North Korea. The credibility of the United States must be maintained in both word and action, and when we walk away from the table, that credibility is seriously damaged. In turn, we weaken our ability to lead effective change elsewhere in the world. As we prepare to break this pledge that will only serve to destabilize the region, our European partners have made it clear that they will stay a party to JCPOA, further isolating America from the world and the vital decision-making that determines our shared fate.

“The U.S. should embrace the opportunity to lead a more comprehensive, international strategy towards Iran, North Korea, and all countries with nuclear aspirations. The world must move together in an effort to abolish nuclear weapons and promote a global policy of non-proliferation. In the absence of Presidential leadership, Congress must step in to fill the void and uphold our commitments to defend national and global security alike.”