Washington, D.C. – Today, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans condemned President Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran Nuclear Deal and undermine U.S. national security and credibility.
Despite recommendations from his own national security advisors and a number of Members of Congress, President Trump declared that he will not recertify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – also known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement.
“America’s national security interests are best served by upholding the JCPOA,” said Leila Golestaneh Austin, PAAIA’s Executive Director. “Iranian Americans put America’s security first, and our community feels strongly that abandoning the deal could damage U.S. credibility and leadership in the world.”
PAAIA’s 2017 national public opinion poll of Iranian Americans found that only 7 percent of survey respondents want to see the JCPOA dismantled.
As part of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, the administration must recertify to Congress every 90 days that Iran is complying with its obligations under the JCPOA. Failure to recertify gives Congress the option to reimpose nuclear related sanctions under an expedited schedule or amend existing legislation that could potentially undermine the integrity of the deal.
PAAIA urges Members of Congress to avoid passing measures that would derail the agreement. Instead, Congress should support the Commission to Verify Iranian Nuclear Compliance Act. The bipartisan legislation establishes a Congressional-Executive commission to oversee implementation of the JCPOA. PAAIA will continue to advocate in support of the JCPOA and for resolving our differences with Iran through diplomacy.