Rep. Demings Comments on Trump's Iran Deal Violation
Today, Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) commented on President Trump’s decision to break the Iran nuclear deal.
Said Rep. Demings, “Iran remains a threat to the United States, Israel, and the region, but the President’s actions today will not make any of us safer. President Trump has removed the United States from a multilateral agreement, taken away our strength at the enforcement table, and undermined past, current, and future good-faith agreements.
“According to Secretary of Defense Mattis, every one of our allies, and neutral organizations, the deal was flawed but working. Secretary Mattis said ‘I've read it now three times … and I will say that it is written almost with an assumption that Iran would try to cheat,’ going on to say that ‘the verification, what is in there, is actually pretty robust as far as our intrusive ability.’
"It would be completely unacceptable for Iran to get a nuclear weapon, and the deal was stopping them from doing so. The deal also wasn’t preventing us from putting more sanctions on Iran for its support of terrorism and ballistic missile program. The American people deserve a comprehensive strategy that keeps Iran from developing nuclear arms. I continue to urge the President to re-join our allies, consult with experts, follow the evidence, and develop a comprehensive, fact-based plan we can trust.”
Britain, France and Germany have all lobbied President Trump to keep and expand the deal.
Rep. Demings previously cosponsored the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 1698), which expands sanctions against Iran to curtail their ballistic missile program.