1011 Now: Nebraska's congressional representatives react to US withdrawal from Iran deal

May 9, 2018
In The News

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the United States is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal.

On Tuesday, Trump signed a presidential memorandum withdrawing from the 2015 agreement and he is planning to reinstall sanctions on the Iranian regime. He said in an address to the nation that he will be reinstituting the highest level of sanctions and warning any country not to help the Iranian government.

After the announcement, Nebraska's congressional representatives reacted to the news. You can read their statements below.

Sen. Deb Fischer:
“I support our president’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. From the beginning, I opposed this deal primarily because it traded permanent sanctions relief for only a temporary delay in Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Nevertheless, I approved of President Trump’s effort to work with our allies to address this problem and the deal’s other major flaws. The international community has had ample opportunity to join with the United States in crafting a better agreement; it has chosen not to do so. I believe his decision to exit the deal and re-impose sanctions on Iran increases our leverage and raises the likelihood of a better deal that protects our long-term national security interests.”

Sen. Ben Sasse:
“The Iran deal has always been terrible. Today is a reminder that if you live by the Presidency, you die by the Presidency. We ought to be clear about this: Donald Trump isn’t ripping up a treaty; he’s walking away from Barack Obama’s personal pledge. Two and a half years ago, President Obama made a bad deal with Iran without support from Congress, and today President Trump is pulling out of President Obama’s personal commitment, and he doesn’t need Congress’s support to do so. American foreign policy makes lasting progress when it is led by the President, approved by Congress, and presented honestly to the American people.”

Rep. Don Bacon:
"Any agreement that legitimizes and Iranian nuclear program is terribly flawed and needs to be renegotiated or rejected. The inspection protocol in the JCPOA was too weak. We cannot ignore Iran's involvement with terrorist organizations and its nuclear and ballistic missile threats against Israel. We cannot accept an Iran with a nuclear weapon."

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry:
“Although Iran has complied with the structural components of the nuclear deal, the behavior of the Iranian regime is destroying the political preconditions for the agreement’s viability. From Yemen to Lebanon, Iran’s emboldened and aggressive posture undermined the intended consequence of the deal. Since the deal came into effect, Iran has continued supporting militant groups, ramped up ballistic missile testing, and threatened the region and partners. Despite these hard realities, we should continue to look for alternative pathways for rapprochement. As we navigate a path forward, one area I believe is a priority is significant support and an expanded role for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to strengthen verification.”

 

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