Rep. Grijalva Statement on Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal
WASHINGTON, DC— Today, President Trump announced that he will revive sanctions on Iran and put the U.S. in violation of the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known at the Iran Nuclear Deal. In response, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:
“Instead of seizing on an opportunity for the United States to be a global leader in peace and security, Trump once again elected to further discredit diplomatic efforts with his refusal to abide by the terms of the Iran Nuclear Deal. With the stroke of a pen, Trump ignored top diplomats, heads of state of our closest allies, leading experts, and findings from the International Atomic Energy Agency that all agree that Iran is successfully complying with the agreement.
“This decision plays directly into the hands of the Iranian hardliners that Trump so adamantly disdains. Killing the deal—despite its success—will further inflame tensions in an already volatile region, embolden Iran to begin production of nuclear weapons, and severely weaken our global influence and credibility. Instead of discarding years of groundbreaking diplomatic efforts with rash decisions; I urge the Trump administration to improve upon the current deal, pursue a path of diplomacy with Iran, and work towards solutions that improve global peace and security.”