Rep. Kelly Supports U.S. Withdrawal from Iran Deal

May 8, 2018 Issues: Foreign Affairs and Defense

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding this afternoon’s announcement by President Donald J. Trump of his decision to terminate the United States’ participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with the Islamic Republic of Iran and re-impose sanctions lifted under the deal.

“I applaud President Trump for keeping his promise to the American people by withdrawing our country from President Obama’s disastrous deal with Iran. Since its flawed creation I have proudly sided with most Americans and leaders in both parties in strongly opposing such a feckless agreement with what is still the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism. The deal was negotiated in desperation and shamefully enacted without ever receiving the consent of Congress. Over the past three years it has only enriched and emboldened the regime in Iran while undermining the long-term security of our citizens and our allies. The president is exactly right to condemn it as ‘a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made.’ I am both proud and relieved to see our nation reassert the time-tested principle of ‘peace through strength’ when it comes to leading on the world stage and permanently preventing a nuclear Iran. Going forward I am confident that this administration will continue to confront the Iranian threat in a responsible manner that matches words with actions and puts America’s safety first.”

BACKGROUND:

Rep. Kelly's original statement condemning the Iran deal in July 2015

Statements to Congress and to "Stop the Iran Nuclear Deal" rally in September 2015

Statement on the Iran Deal's first anniversary

Statement on President Trump’s new strategy for countering Iran

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