Press Release ● Defense and National Security
For Immediate Release: 
May 8, 2018
Contact Info: 
Annaliese Davis 202-225-4131
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and reinstate sanctions against Iran:

“Iran remains a serious regional threat.  Our approach to countering that threat should focus on its most immediate aspects: Iran’s growing presence in Syria and the danger that poses to our ally, Israel; its continued testing of ballistic missiles; and its sustained support for terror groups.  At this moment, Iran has missiles pointed at Israel from Syria and is threatening violence against the Jewish State.  Instead of injecting further uncertainty into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and manufacturing a crisis that will weaken our position, as today’s announcement does, the President ought to be pursuing efforts to thwart Iran’s aggressive activities.  These include working in concert with our allies to develop a diplomatic strategy to extend substantially the JCPOA’s sunset provisions; imposing further sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile testing alongside our European partners; and enforcing vigorously existing sanctions on Iran’s dangerous and illegal activities.
 
“Unilaterally abandoning the JCPOA undermines all of these efforts to meet the overall threat Iran poses.  Further, this announcement sends the message to the world that America cannot be trusted to keep its word, whether it is a promise or a threat.  I urge the President to confer with our allies and determine a strategy for meeting the serious threat Iran poses.”