Esty Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement
WASHINGTON, D.C.–Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement:
“President Trump’s decision to pull out of the nuclear agreement with Iran is unwise and, quite frankly, dangerous. In the years since the agreement between the United States, Iran, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany was reached, we have significantly and verifiably diminished Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon. Because of the nuclear agreement, Iran is further away from developing a nuclear weapon than they were prior to this arrangement.
“Our work with our European allies and the international community allowed us to remain diligent in demanding verifiable progress towards our ultimate goal: preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. This is the latest in a series of actions taken by this administration that have undermined American global leadership and further divided us from our democratic allies, who have repeatedly reiterated their intention to honor their commitments under the Iran Deal.
“It is better to have an imperfect, yet a verifiable agreement in place that allows us to confirm Iran’s compliance with measures that prevent the development of a nuclear weapon than to have no agreement at all. Make no mistake—Iran is a dangerous state sponsor of terrorism and the Iranian regime has repeatedly threatened America and our close ally Israel. That is why we should continue to address Iran’s disruptive behavior that falls outside the scope of the deal with other pressure and joint sanctions with our allies. Rather than removing our commitment to the nuclear deal, which would open the door for Iran to develop nuclear weapons unencumbered, we should work to enforce Iran’s commitments, ensure the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has the resources necessary to inspect Iranian facilities, and stand ready to act when Iran tests our resolve.”