Rep. Russell Statement on U.S. Withdrawal From JCPOA
Washington, DC – Rep. Steve Russell (OK-5) issued the following statement on the United States’ withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action:
“President Trump’s announcement today signifies the end of President Obama’s agreement to address the growing threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. I opposed this flawed agreement from the outset, because it lifted sanctions on individuals and companies that were responsible for the deaths of American soldiers in Iraq; it funded and resourced the Iranian export of terror; and it provided a legal pathway for Iran to have nuclear weapons after a limited period.
With an initial windfall of more than $100 billion, including pallets of taxpayer cash delivered on airplanes, Iran was handed vast new resources to continue sponsoring terrorism, threatening its neighbors, and funding its nuclear and missile programs. This already has been born out in Syria where Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps units and commanders have furthered the butchery of the Assad regime and amplified the suffering of the Syrian people.
Since the agreement, Tehran has repeatedly crossed lines on the terms of the deal and has delayed or intimidated inspectors while preventing certain military sites from being inspected. The deal was flawed from the outset because it placed the security of the region on the goodwill and behavior of Iran. Under this deal, Iran had a path to acquire nuclear weapons. That ended today; the President made clear that a regime that chants ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’ will never be permitted to obtain the most destructive weapons on Earth.”