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Rep. Carson Statement on President Trump’s Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal

May 8, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman André  Carson (D-IN), released the following statement after President Trump announced he would pull the United States out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action:

“President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal is illogical, shortsighted, and extremely dangerous.

“It is unclear what exactly President Trump is hoping to accomplish by disregarding repeated intelligence assessments about Iran’s compliance and instead choosing to withdraw. It is unreasonable to think that less transparency and oversight into the Iranian nuclear program will make the United States safer. If other members of the P5+1 remain in the deal, it is unlikely that this will give us additional leverage to negotiate new concessions. If the deal collapses and nuclear activities recommence, intelligence assessments indicate that Iran can achieve a nuclear weapon in a very short timeframe.

“Simply put, this decision will move the United States and its allies closer to war with Iran.

“This also sends an incredibly negative signal to the North Koreans as President Trump prepares to negotiate their nuclear weapons program. With this announcement, President Trump risks giving the impression that America does not stand by its commitments and is not to be trusted. I am deeply concerned that this decision will setback the pursuit of denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula. I am equally concerned that the United States is losing its credibility by failing to comply with its side of an international agreement, making all future negotiations more difficult and costly.

“I sincerely hope that rather than reinitiating its pursuit of a nuclear weapon, Iran will continue to comply with the deal reached with the remaining members of the P5+1 until such time as a new Administration can re-enter the deal and fulfill our side of the bargain.”