Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) issued the following statement today regarding the President’s decision to reinstitute sanctions on Iran, unilaterally breaking the Iran nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA):

“While the Iran nuclear deal was not perfect, I believe it was the best possible mechanism to stop Iran from continuing to develop nuclear weapons. Achieving that goal is critical to the safety of the United States, our ally, Israel, and the entire world. This agreement was carefully negotiated with Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany, and includes a rigorous inspection regime and the ability to snap back sanctions if there is evidence that Iran is not complying with the terms of the agreement.

“The President’s decision today to unilaterally reapply sanctions to Iran – with no evidence that the Iranians have failed to comply with the terms of the deal thus far – will undermine our country’s credibility, destabilize the Middle East, and let Iran off the hook for their obligations under the deal. This crisis that President Trump has chosen to thrust us into – simply to score political points with his base – is reckless and has the potential to make the world far less safe.”

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