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Rep. Zeldin Statement Calling on Administration Not to Recertify Iran Deal

July 17, 2017
Press Release

Patchogue, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement today urging President Donald Trump to not recertify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran Nuclear Deal. As part of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (Public Law 114–17), which was passed and signed into law by the President, in order for the deal to be continued, every 90 days, the current administration must recertify that Iran is fully implementing the agreement, and that the suspension of sanctions is both proportionate to the measures taken by Iran to end its illicit nuclear weapons program and vital to protect U.S. national security. The certification is due to Congress today.

“Not only is the Iran nuclear agreement not vital to protecting U.S. national security, it actually harms U.S. national security, which has only been further proven by Iranian aggression in the Middle East region since this terribly flawed deal was entered into two years ago. This ‘deal’ negotiated away our leverage without any resolution on Iran’s other bad activities, such as overthrowing foreign governments, sponsoring terrorism, developing InterContinental Ballistic Missiles, blowing up mock U.S. warships, pledging to wipe Israel off the map, and chanting Death to America in their streets on their holidays, all while unjustly imprisoning American citizens. I pressed President Obama to walk away from this unsigned, bad deal giving the Iranians up to $150 billion in sanctions relief, and now, in 2017, I am urging President Trump to stand for our nation’s best interests and not recertify the agreement. Even if Iran doesn’t cheat on the agreement, the JCPOA serves as a pathway and blueprint for the Iranians to obtain a nuclear weapon in just over a decade. It truly is absurd that we would have ever agreed to this arrangement in the first place. A better deal or no deal would have been much alternatives. There is too much at stake to allow the JCPOA to continue.”

On March 2, 2017, Congressman Zeldin sent a letter, which was signed by 45 other Members of Congress, to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding the JCPOA, to ask several questions related to the implementation of the agreement. You can read the letter here and response here