Linda Sánchez Statement on Trump Decertification of Iran Nuclear Agreement

October 13, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to decertify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly referred to as the Iran Nuclear Agreement:

“By decertifying the Iran Nuclear Agreement, President Trump is manufacturing an unnecessary second nuclear crisis. He is playing a dangerous game at a time when the United States already faces a significant nuclear challenge from North Korea. Decertifying the Iran deal takes the focus away from the aggressive actions made by Iran in the Middle East and drives a wedge between the U.S. and our allies.

“Donald Trump’s own national security advisors have spoken in favor of staying in the Iran agreement. The Intelligence Community and the International Atomic Energy Agency have found Iran to be in compliance with the terms of the agreement. This misguided action by the president does not protect America’s national security interests. It only creates additional uncertainty at a time when our nation’s credibility is at stake.

“Decertification of the Iran deal by the president has put the responsibility to lead squarely on the shoulders of this Congress. It is now up to Congress to prevent Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ strategy from turning into ‘America Alone.’ We must ensure the United States lives up to its obligations in the Iran agreement.”