Lowey Statement on Trump’s Decision to Leave JCPOA
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump announced he is withdrawing the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA):
“I voted against the Iran nuclear deal and continue to believe there are ways to improve it. Yet, absent compelling evidence from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the intelligence community that Iran has failed to comply with the agreement, President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the JCPOA is reckless and damages the United States’ reputation as a dependable partner and international leader.
“In these polarized times, Republicans and Democrats have consistently agreed that Iran must never have a nuclear weapon. But politicians on both sides of the aisle also agree that Iran’s malevolent, non-nuclear activities, such as support for terrorist groups and its ballistic missile program, are deeply destabilizing to the region. Given that France, Germany, and the UK announced their intentions to stay in the JCPOA, the Administration should have developed a comprehensive strategy to vigorously enforce the deal and to combat Iran’s malicious efforts. Instead, at a critical time, the President is giving up our leverage on Iran and allowing it to further provoke chaos in the Middle East.
“Diplomacy is a delicate art that depends on trustworthiness and unity among allies. With negotiations set to begin with North Korea, President Trump’s decision today undermines our credibility, divides our closest global partners, and threatens international security in the Middle East and beyond.”