Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on President Trump's Decertification of the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Oct 13, 2017

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released this statement following the announcement that President Trump would not certify the Iran Nuclear Agreement. This decision does not end the agreement outright, but instead kicks the issue back to Congress to decide whether or not to reimpose sanctions on Iran. President Trumps announcement puts the Iran Deal in jeopardy. 

“I wish containing Iran’s nuclear ambitions was a task as easy as some politicians make it seem. The Iran Nuclear Agreement is not perfect, but remains our best chance for lasting peace and nuclear nonproliferation in Iran. The United States did not stand alone in these efforts. We had the assistance and support of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China, the United Nations, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to reach this historic accord. There is no doubt that this deal is in the best interests of the United States and helps to neutralize a potential nuclear threat to the world. I am dismayed that President Trump would ignore his own national security experts and the IAEA, who all agree the deal is working to keep Americans and our allies safer. The President’s announcement is yet another example of the egregious mismanagement of our foreign policy, and does nothing to reassure our allies that the United States is leading with a steady hand. I believe President Trump is making a grave mistake by decertifying the Iran Nuclear Agreement, but I also feel passionately that Congress has the opportunity to do the right thing to avoid an international crisis and global instability,” said Congressman Ryan.