McCaul on Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the President’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Congressman McCaul: “The JCPOA is a flawed agreement that did nothing to address the destabilizing actions of the Iranian regime. This agreement emboldened Iran, filling its coffers with billions in cash to advance its ballistic missile program, expand its support for terrorism, and stretch its tentacles across the region.
“The President’s decision today to withdraw from the nuclear agreement is based on these facts. We need a tougher approach and I commend President Trump for leading this effort. I support the continued negotiations underway to forge a new agreement with our international partners to finally address what the JCPOA did not: Iran’s ballistic missile tests, support for terrorism, inspection of military facilities, and preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon once the deal expired.
“Iran cannot continue to receive the benefits of sanctions relief while pursuing a foreign policy that endangers the security interests of the United States and our allies. They can never have a nuclear weapon. They have two options: join the international community as a rational nation on a peaceful course, or continue down the current path which only promises more economic isolation and hardship.”