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July 25, 2017

NIAC Action Warns Against Congress Entrusting Trump with New Iran Sanctions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jamal Abdi
Phone: (206) 369-2069
Email: [email protected]

Washington, D.C. – Jamal Abdi, Executive Director of NIAC Action, issued the following statement in response to the passage of the ‘‘Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act’’:

“This is the worst possible time and the worst possible conditions for Congress to be giving Trump new tools to kill the Iran deal. Regardless of good intent, lawmakers risk giving Trump a green light to unravel the Iran nuclear deal and set the stage for a disastrous war of choice with Iran. Regardless of any perceived benefit in taking a stand against Russia or North Korea, it is foolhardy to expect that Trump will use his newfound Iran sanctions authorities with restraint.

“Trump is following the Iraq war playbook with Iran by demanding that his staff produce a justification to withdraw from the nuclear accord.  Many former officials and experts believe that Trump will fail to recertify the nuclear accord in October – regardless of Iran’s actions. Yet, Congress is putting it’s faith in this President to protect the nuclear deal and America’s national security interests. If Trump chooses to use his newly acquired authorities to undermine the implementation of an accord that is preventing an Iranian nuclear weapon, Congress will bear a large burden of the responsibility for the crisis to come.”

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See NIAC Action’s analysis of H.R. 3664 >>
See Jamal Abdi’s op-ed in The Hill, “Democrats, so focused on Russia, risk pushing Trump to war with Iran:” >>

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