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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Representing the 10th District of Virginia

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Rep. Comstock On The Termination of the Iran Nuclear Agreement

May 8, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement following the president’s termination of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) also known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement today:

“I commend the President for his decision to withdraw from the misguided ‘Iran deal’.  The ‘deal’, which had strong bipartisan opposition in 2015 has emboldened Iran to continue instability and funding of terrorism around the world, and provided them with billions of dollars through lifted sanctions.

“The U.S. government has uncovered indisputable evidence that Iran is supporting the Houthi rebels in Yemen through its missile program, and worsening the humanitarian crisis in the region. Iran is also supporting American enemies in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria. Iran continues to threaten our international allies, including our strongest ally, Israel. As I said in 2015, this ‘deal’ does not dismantle Iran’s nuclear weapons program, it does not provide anytime, anywhere inspections, and does not cut back Iran’s ballistic missile program.

“I voted against the deal in Congress in 2015, due to its many shortcomings.  Iran still has not and will not allow for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to have access to military sites and other research locations. Iran has continued to test ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear weapon. The JCPOA lifted missile-related sanctions without any requirements on Iran’s ballistic missile program. The agreement completely abandoned any attempt to address Iran’s missile program in any way. The United Nations resolution 2231, which accompanied the JCPOA, failed to curb Iran’s missile program at all. Finally, the deal included various clauses with expiring time lines, allowing Iran to grow its nuclear arsenal without nearly any restrictions in only a few short years.

“By revoking the JCPOA, the United States can address some of the glaring problems with the original agreement. Any agreement with the United States and Iran must truly limit their nuclear capabilities and be enforceable. I will continue to support sanctions against Iran until the country takes real steps to implement change, and I trust we will work with our allies to stop the existential threat of an Iran with nuclear weapons.”