Congressman Roskam Statement on U.S.-Iran Policy
Today, U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s newly announced Iran strategy:
“I support the President’s decision to refuse to certify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) under the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act and to advance the fight against Iran’s destabilizing behavior in the Middle East. I will soon be introducing legislation to support the President’s goals of permanently preventing a nuclear-armed Iran and countering Iranian aggression.
“Iran – the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism, primary backer of Bashar Al Assad’s massacre of the Syrian people and egregious violator of human rights – must be permanently prevented from developing a nuclear weapon. Under its current terms, the Iran nuclear deal reached by the Obama Administration fails to achieve this goal. The JCPOA only delays Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon while legitimizing and enriching Iran’s malevolent regime; and major flaws in the JCPOAs inspection regime allow Iranian military sites previously used to develop nuclear-related technology to operate without scrutiny from the International Atomic Energy Agency. The current accord not only fails to address Iran’s support for terrorism, advancing ballistic missile program, and other illicit activity, but awards Iran’s most hostile actors like the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its enablers, such as Iran Air. During this policy roll out, I strongly encourage the President to prevent the sale of aircraft to Iran Air until the airline ceases its support for terrorism.
“Remaining part of the nuclear accord in its current form is not in the U.S. national security interest. I look forward to working with the Trump Administration in ensuring that the Islamic Republic is verifiably and permanently prevented from obtaining nuclear weapons capability.
“A nuclear-armed Iran would pose an existential threat to our nation. We must take all steps to prevent one of the world’s most dangerous regimes from obtaining the world’s most dangerous weapon.”