Beyer Joins Reps. Price and Deutch, 180+ Representatives Urging President Trump to Uphold Iran Nuclear Agreement
Washington, October 4, 2017
Today Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) joined Reps. Price (D-NC) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) in a letter to President Trump signed by more than 180 Members of Congress urging the President to recertify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Announced in July of 2015, the JCPOA is an international agreement negotiated by the “P5+1” (United States, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and Germany), the European Union, and Iran that sought to cut off Iran’s path to nuclear weapons capability.
The Representatives wrote:
“We are united in our belief that enforcing this agreement to the fullest extent will provide the United States with more leverage to stop a potential Iranian nuclear weapons program and push back on Iran’s destabilizing activities.
The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA) requires the President to provide to Congress credible evidence of Iranian noncompliance should violations of the JCPOA occur. We have received no such information to date. On the contrary, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and career US military and intelligence officials continue to verify that Iran has honored its obligations under the agreement…”
The letter comes in response to recent suggestions by President Trump that the administration may withhold certification of Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA, which must be re-certified every three months under the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA).
Full text of the letter is available here.