Visclosky Statement on the Administration’s Decision to Abandon the Iran Agreement

May 8, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Below is the statement from Congressman Pete Visclosky on the Administration’s decision to abandon the Iran agreement.

By needlessly discarding multilateral diplomacy, the Administration’s decision today makes the world a more dangerous place.

The United States is right to confront Iran’s destabilizing behavior in the Middle East, but no regional challenge becomes easier to solve by abandoning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a verifiable and enforceable agreement designed by the United States and our allies to curtail Iran’s nuclear weapons program. 

The Administration has not offered evidence that Iran has failed to uphold its part of the bargain, and there is consensus among our allies in the agreement and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the deal is working. 

It is deeply regrettable that today’s decision will damage our country’s credibility as a negotiator, our relationships with critical allies and partners, and our ability to lead future efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and materials around the world.