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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Courtney Statement on Trump’s De-certification of Iran Nuclear Agreement

October 13, 2017
Press Release

Norwich, CT -- Congressman Courtney today responded to President Donald Trump’s decision to withhold certification of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran nuclear agreement.

"President Trump’s decision to withhold certification of the JCPOA directly contradicts the opinion of our nation's highest military leadership. General Joseph Dunford clearly stated last month that implementation of the agreement has slowed Iran’s nuclear program and that withdrawal would undermine our ability to broker future diplomatic solutions. His view was echoed by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis last week when he affirmed before Congress that this agreement remains in the national security interests of the United States.

“Despite their expert opinion based on a lifetime of military service and updated intelligence, the President willfully decided otherwise. This reckless act puts us at odds with our closest allies such as the U.K., France and Germany, and undermines our country's ability to credibly execute a multilateral diplomatic resolution of the crisis in the Korean peninsula.

“I supported the JCPOA not because of any new found trust of the Iranian regime, or any belief that it resolved every challenge we face with Iran. We can and must continue to hold Iran accountable for their adherence to the JCPOA and their malign activities in the region. Those efforts, however, are only weakened by President Trump’s action today.”

Last week, Courtney signed a letter to President Trump urging him to uphold the JCPOA. Click here to view that letter.

Courtney has also supported bipartisan efforts to address Iran’s actions outside of the JCPOA. For example, Courtney supported the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act, which became law this summer and requires the President to impose sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile development program and the Revolutionary Guard Corps, without conflicting with United States responsibilities under the JCPOA. He is also a cosponsor of the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 1698), which would similarly impose sanctions on Iran’s ongoing ballistic missile program.

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