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Congressman Denny Heck

Representing the 10th District of Washington

Statement from Congressman Denny Heck on U.S. withdrawal from Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

May 8, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Denny Heck (WA-10) released a statement following the announcement by President Trump that the United States will unilaterally withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord:

"The Iran nuclear agreement has successfully blocked Iran from developing or obtaining nuclear weapons. Not only does our violation of the agreement damage the credibility of the United States, but walking away will also make us less safe.

“If this deal falls apart, the consequences will be numerous. For example, Russia has 25,000 pounds of low-enriched uranium they received from Iran as part of the JCPOA implementation. This ensured that Iran no longer had the resources to manufacture a nuclear weapon. Without this agreement, we have no way to stop Russia from returning it to Iran who could use it to develop nuclear warheads, or Russia could use their possession of it to force us to make concessions in other foreign policy matters. This move will also hurt the politically moderate movement in Iran, and empower the hardliners who are against working with the West. They will point to today as a reason never to trust the United States as a serious negotiator.  

“These are just some of the many dangers we now risk with no deal in place. This decision will create an increasingly unstable world. This Administration has let down our allies and put our safety in extreme jeopardy. Congress should act immediately to express our disapproval for this reckless move.

“The path to global peace and prosperity is not through isolationism.”

The Iran nuclear accord, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is an international agreement reached in 2015 by China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States aimed at preventing Iran from manufacturing a nuclear weapon.

On August 17, 2015, Congressman Heck announced his support to stop Iran from developing nuclear capability, stating, “We must let the best diplomatic path towards peace prevail.”