Levin Statement on President Trump’s Announcement on the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Oct 13, 2017 Issues: Foreign Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement on the Iran Nuclear Agreement:

“President Trump is carrying out hyperbolic campaign rhetoric at the expense of America’s national security. His refusal to certify the Iran Nuclear Agreement absent evidence of material breach by Iran is dangerous and reckless. With key members of the Trump Administration having reaffirmed Iran’s compliance with the 2015 Agreement, reached between Iran, the United States, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and Germany, this another example of the President disregarding even the advice of key members of his own Administration.

“During my years in Congress, I actively participated in methodically increasing multilateral sanctions against Iran. Those efforts first led to a broad framework agreement and ultimately the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement, which I strongly supported after having thoroughly considered all the provisions and alternatives. At the time of the Agreement, Iran was estimated to be only two months away from the ability to produce enough material for one nuclear weapon. Key restrictions put in place in the Nuclear Agreement lengthened that period to a year. It contains provisions to reduce stockpile of enriched uranium by 97 percent and refrain from enrichment above a 3.67 percent level for 15 years. It cuts the number of installed centrifuges by two thirds, requires Iran to render its heavy water plutonium reactor inoperable, and allows the International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor the uranium supply chain for at least two decades. I supported the Iran Nuclear Agreement because it was the best course of action to ensure peace and security for the United States, and for our allies in the Middle East.

“This Administration risks Iran returning as an imminent nuclear threat and undermines U.S. leadership in the Middle East. In taking steps to unravel the Iran Nuclear Agreement, President Trump erroneously argues that a different agreement may be reached, such as putting constraints on Iran’s ballistic missile activities. This could not occur without offering additional incentives to Iran and without strong support from our allies, who have all repeatedly stated their unwillingness to reopen the terms of 2015 Nuclear Agreement.”