BOISE, Idaho — President Donald Trump announced the U.S. will pull out of the landmark nuclear accord with Iran Tuesday.
The following statements are from Idaho's congressional district.
U.S. Senator Jim Risch
“Instead of stopping Iran’s nuclear program, the Iran Deal simply gave the regime a direct path to obtaining a nuclear weapon but at a slower pace. That was not acceptable. I support President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Deal. I believe that action will result in a safer world and a safer America. From the start, President Obama and Secretary Kerry told Congress there would be clear red lines for any deal with Iran. The Iran Deal violated every red line that was drawn, from complete access to Iran's facilities and scientists to a robust inspection and verification regime.
“It also provided Iran with billions of dollars it has used to fuel terrorism and instability, reducing American security, threatening the survival of Israel, and allowing state-sponsored terror to flourish in the region. Withdrawing from this deal creates an opportunity to move forward and pursue a solution to provide true security to the United States, our allies, the Middle East and the world. Iran knows what must be done. Until then, they will have to deal with the reality of sanctions.”
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
"I support the President's decision. The President has rightly noted what many have long pointed out – the JCPOA was poorly-negotiated and allowed Iran to step up its dangerous activities in the Middle East. Tehran received billions of dollars in sanctions relief, which has been used to pursue missile testing, support terrorist groups in Syria, escalate the Civil War in Yemen, and threaten U.S. allies in the region."
Rep. Raúl Labrador
“President Trump is absolutely right to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. I opposed the deal when President Obama submitted it to Congress in 2015 because I believed it would empower the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to acquire the world’s deadliest weapon. Everything that’s happened since then has proven that to be true. President Trump is putting together a smart strategy to make America and the world safer, and I fully support him.”
Rep. Mike Simpson
“I’ve always been opposed to the Iran deal that the Obama Administration put forward,” said Congressman Simpson. “I voted against it when it came before the House because of its deficiencies, and Iran’s behavior since the deal’s signing in 2013 has continued to cause great concern. Now that President Trump has announced the United States’ withdrawal from the deal, I believe we need to work hand in hand with our allies to develop a more effective and comprehensive response to the threat of a nuclear Iran.”