Pallone Statement on Withdrawal from Iran Deal

Oct 16, 2017

LONG BRANCH, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released the following statement after the Trump administration announced that it would decertify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement:

“After careful and measured consideration, in 2015 I voted in support of the agreement between the United States, our international partners, and Iran because it was the most effective means available to monitor Iran’s nuclear program and peacefully prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. The United States was not naïve in negotiating that agreement. Iran has long had the desire for nuclear capability, and its past is checkered with dishonesty, blatant support for terrorist organizations in the region, and illegal tests of ballistic missiles. The agreement is not perfect, but it is our best chance to preserve peace and security.  The Trump Administration has yet to explain what the credible alternative is to the deal, or fully demonstrate that it understands the consequences of walking away.   

“Decertifying the Iran deal undercuts our allies who have joined this initiative and leaves the United States with fewer opportunities to curb the development of nuclear weapons in Iran. The Trump Administration is once again pursuing a policy based on extreme ideology rather than the practical considerations of the United States and its allies. With the Trump Administration abdicating its leadership in this area, it is incumbent on Congress to step forward and represent our interests in the Middle East.”