May 08, 2018

Luján Statement on Trump's Decision to Withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) released the following statement today after President Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA):

Preventing a nuclear-armed Iran is critical to our national security and the safety of our allies in the Middle East. President Trump’s announcement dramatically weakens the JCPOA and makes it significantly more likely that Iran will pull out of the agreement entirely. Make no mistake: the President’s decision today cedes U.S. leadership on the international stage.

“In 2015, when the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Germany, and the European Union reached a consensus, I was briefed by experts at Los Alamos National Lab, attended briefings on Capitol Hill, and reviewed the intelligence analyses related to the JCPOA. I believed then and continue to believe today that this plan represents the most responsible option to hold Iran accountable and halt its pursuit of nuclear weapons. In addition, President Trump’s own Secretary of Defense testified just last month that the JCPOA’s existing oversight is robust.

“Iran remains a threat to our allies and interests. It continues to advance its ballistic missile program, support terrorism, and imprison political dissidents. Addressing these threats requires working with our partners. Instead, President Trump has walked away.”