NIAC Statement on the Trump Administration’s Undermining of the JCPOA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Trita Parsi
Phone: 202 386 6407
Washington, DC – Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration re-certifying that Iran is in compliance with the JCPOA, while the Trump administration itself continues to undermine the agreement:
“While the Trump administration certified Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA with one hand today, it continues to undermine the nuclear accord with the other by undermining the sanctions relief process. Though Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA has been certified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as well as all of our European allies, the same cannot be said of the Trump administration’s fulfillment of its obligations.
“President Trump has already explicitly violated Article 29 of the JCPOA by urging other nations not engage in what is now legal trade with Iran. Moreover, the Trump administration has deliberately created an environment of uncertainty by consistently questioning the validity of the JCPOA, hinting that the US might quit the agreement, and by suggesting that it might pursue regime change in Iran. This uncertainty has chilled foreign investments into Iran, which was one of the key motivations for Iran to scale back its nuclear program.
“Under Trump, diplomacy has been traded for threats, placing the US and Iran at risk of war once more. Rather than pursuing dialogue with Tehran to resolve remaining disputes, as every one of our European allies have done, the Trump administration has chosen to escalate tensions and eschew opportunities to come to a mutual understanding.
“Through these reckless actions, Trump is gambling with America’s security. The nuclear deal has taken an Iranian nuclear weapons option of the table. By undermining the deal, Trump risks putting it back on the table. That would be a significant blow to US national security.”