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Representatives Price and Deutch Lead Letter to President Trump Regarding Iran Nuclear Agreement

October 4, 2017
Press Release
Over 180 Members of Congress and entire House Democratic Leadership Call on President Trump to Recertify Iran’s Compliance with the Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (Oct. 4, 2017) – On Wednesday, October 4, Representatives David Price (D-NC) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) will send a letter to President Trump signed by more than 180 Members of Congress, including the entire House Democratic Leadership, 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 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).  INARA also requires the President to provide Congress with credible evidence of Iranian noncompliance, should violations of the JCPOA occur.  No such evidence has been provided to Congress to-date, and the International Atomic Energy Agency, U.S. military and intelligence officials, and U.S. allies have indicated that Iran remains in technical compliance with the agreement.

“For more than two years, the JCPOA has realized its objective of constraining Iran’s nuclear program to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran,” said Congressman Price. “Without ironclad evidence of Iranian violations of the agreement, withholding Iran’s certification of JCPOA compliance would jeopardize our national security, harm our international relationships, and embolden Iran. We urge the President to heed the advice of his military and intelligence advisors rather than play politics with national security.”

“We forced Iran to the negotiating table in the first place because of the multilateral sanctions imposed on Iran by the U.S. and our global partners,” said Congressman Deutch. “Now, we need the help of this international coalition to keep up the pressure on Iran for its other malign activities outside of the JCPOA – its support for terrorism, its gross human rights violations, and its ballistic missile weapons program. If President Trump decertifies Iranian compliance without clear evidence of Iranian violations, it will jeopardize this united front against Iran. The JCPOA is an imperfect agreement, but to address the problematic provisions including the sunset clauses, we will need stay in lockstep with our global partners.”

In the letter, the Representatives emphasize that withholding certification without credible evidence of a material breach on the part of Iran would threaten national security, isolate the U.S. from our international partners and allies, and undermine efforts to defuse the nuclear crisis with North Korea. “Absent credible and accurate information confirming a material breach, we are concerned that withholding certification of Iran’s compliance or walking away from the JCPOA would harm our alliances, embolden Iran, and threaten U.S. national security. We are further concerned that non-certification based on justifications beyond the scope of the nuclear agreement would threaten global non-proliferation efforts and send exactly the wrong message to North Korea at the moment we are trying to diplomatically defuse that crisis.”

The full text of the letter can be viewed here.

Signatories include the following Members of the U.S. House of Representatives:

Adams, Alma

Aguilar, Pete

Barragan, Nanette Diaz

Bass, Karen

Beatty, Joyce

Bera, Ami

Beyer Jr., Donald S.

Bishop, Jr., Sanford D.

Blumenauer, Earl

Blunt Rochester, Lisa

Bonamici, Suzanne

Bordallo, Madeleine Z.

Brady, Robert

Brown, Anthony

Brownley, Julia

Bustos, Cheri

Butterfield, G.K.

Capuano, Michael E.

Carbajal, Salud O.

Cárdenas, Tony

Carson, Andre

Cartwright, Matt

Castor, Kathy

Castro, Joaquin

Chu, Judy

Cicilline, David N.

Clark, Katherine

Clarke, Yvette D.

Clay, William Lacy

Cleaver, II., Emanuel

Clyburn, James E.

Cohen, Steve

Coleman, Bonnie Watson

Connolly, Gerald E.

Conyers, Jr., John

Cooper, Jim

Costa, Jim

Courtney, Joe

Crist, Charlie

Crowley, Joseph

Cuellar, Henry

Cummings, Elijah E.

Davis, Danny K.

Davis, Susan

DeFazio, Peter A.

DeGette, Diana

Delaney, John K.

DeLauro, Rosa L.

DelBene, Suzan

Demings, Val

DeSaulnier, Mark

Deutch, Ted

Dingell, Debbie

Doggett, Lloyd

Doyle, Mike

Ellison, Keith

Engel, Eliot L.

Eshoo, Anna G.

Espaillat, Adriano

Esty, Elizabeth

Evans, Dwight

Foster, Bill

Frankel, Lois

Fudge, Marcia L.

Gabbard, Tulsi

Gallego, Ruben

Garamendi, John

Gomez, Jimmy

Green, Al

Green, Gene

Grijalva, Raul M.

Gutiérrez, Luis V.

Hanabusa, Colleen

Hastings, Alcee L.

Heck, Denny

Higgins, Brian

Himes, Jim

Hoyer, Steny H.

Huffman, Jared

Jackson Lee, Sheila

Jayapal, Pramila

Jeffries, Hakeem

Johnson, Eddie Bernice

Johnson, Hank

Kaptur, Marcy

Keating, William R.

Kelly, Robin L.

Kennedy, III, Joseph P.

Khanna, Ro

Kihuen, Ruben J.

Kildee, Dan

Kilmer, Derek

Krishnamoorthi, Raja

Kuster, Ann McLane

Langevin, Jim

Larsen, Rick

Larson, John

Lawrence, Brenda

Lawson, Alfred

Lee, Barbara

Levin, Sander

Lewis, John

Lieu, Ted W.

Loebsack, Dave

Lofgren, Zoe

Lowenthal, Alan

Lowey, Nita

Lujan Grisham, Michelle

Luján, Ben Ray

Lynch, Stephen F.

Maloney, Carolyn B.

Maloney, Sean Patrick

Matsui, Doris

McCollum, Betty

McEachin, A. Donald

McGovern, James P.

McNerney, Jerry

Meeks, Gregory W.

Meng, Grace

Moore, Gwen

Moulton, Seth

Nadler, Jerrold

Neal, Richard

Nolan, Rick

Norcross, Donald

Norton, Eleanor Holmes

O’Rourke, Beto

Pallone Jr., Frank

Panetta, Jimmy

Pascrell Jr., Bill

Payne Jr., Donald

Pelosi, Nancy

Perlmutter, Ed

Peters, Scott H.

Pingree, Chellie

Plaskett, Stacey

Pocan, Mark

Polis, Jared

Price, David E.

Quigley, Mike

Raskin, Jamie

Rice, Kathleen

Richmond, Cedric

Rosen, Jacky

Roybal-Allard, Lucille

Ruiz, Raul

Ruppersberger, Dutch

Rush, Bobby L.

Ryan, Tim

Sablan, Gregorio Kilili Camacho

Sánchez, Linda T.

Sarbanes, John

Schakowsky, Jan

Schiff, Adam

Schrader, Kurt

Scott, David

Scott, Robert C. "Bobby"

Serrano, José E.

Sewell, Terri

Shea-Porter, Carol

Sires, Albio

Slaughter, Louise M.

Smith, Smith

Soto, Darren

Speier, Jackie

Suozzi, Thomas R.

Swalwell, Eric

Takano, Mark

Thompson, Bennie G.

Thompson, Mike

Titus, Dina

Tonko, Paul D.

Torres, Norma J.

Tsongas, Niki

Veasey, Marc

Velázquez, Nydia

Visclosky, Peter J.

Walz, Tim

Wasserman Schultz, Debbie

Welch, Peter

Wilson, Frederica S.

Yarmuth, John