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Congressman Brad Schneider

Representing the 10th District of Illinois

Statement on U.S. Withdraw from Iran Nuclear Deal

May 8, 2018
Press Release

Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) released the below statement:

“By walking away from America’s commitments under the JCPOA, President Trump has created separation between the United States and our allies, brought our nation’s credibility into question, and made it more challenging, not less, to block Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

“When it was announced, I opposed the JCPOA because of the inherent risks, gaps and flaws in the agreement, including sunsets on limits to Iran’s enrichment programs and failure to address key issues such as Iran’s ballistic missile program and malign actions in the region. However, once in place, the agreement pushed Iran to more than one year away from a nuclear weapon, and created a window of opportunity for the United States and our allies to craft a comprehensive strategy for the long-term. I argued it was incumbent upon the United States to work with our allies to reduce the risks, close the gaps and fix the flaws of the agreement. Looking forward, we must still find a path to work with the international community to thwart Iran’s nuclear plans, counter its presence in Syria, and sanction its support for global terrorism, including Hezbollah, and violation of human rights.

“There is universal agreement that Iran must never be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon. That was true before the JCPOA.  It was true for the life of the JCPOA.  It will remain true after the end of the JCPOA.”