Today, Representative Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on the U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA):
"The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) flushed the Iranian regime with billions in cash while only temporarily delaying it as a nuclear-weapons state. Since the Obama Administration struck this disastrous deal, Iran has spent billions supporting its terror proxies throughout the Middle East--undermining regional stability, harming U.S. allies and endangering U.S. troops-- all while the Iranian people suffer grave poverty and repression under the regime. The decision to walk away from this deal is the correct one. Congress voted overwhelmingly against this agreement in 2015 and I've since authored legislation to build leverage to help U.S. negotiators fix the major flaws of this deal, but our European partners have not committed to fixing the deficiencies of the JCPOA. Until Iran and our partners are willing to come to the table to truly solve this issue, we must take our first steps to combat the Iranian threat unilaterally.
"It's time to impose crippling sanctions on Iran and use available tools to weaken this regime and permanently prevent it from a nuclear weapons capability while encouraging our allies to do the same. We must reimpose sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran, the National Iranian Oil Company, Iran Air and all other entities granted sanctions relief under the Obama administration while also targeting other regime-owned companies responsible for Iran's other malign activities. The world's most dangerous regime must never acquire the world's most dangerous weapon."