Burr Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Iran Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Richard Burr, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran Deal, and re-impose sanctions:

“I agree with President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the JCPOA.  This deal, which was not ratified by the United States Senate under the Constitution’s requirements for treaties, was based on the naive hope by the previous administration that the world’s number one state sponsor of terror would change its bad behavior in exchange for terms, including sanctions relief.  This deal was also weakened by the inclusion of a sunset provision, a condition that only delayed Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and did not stop them.  We owe it to the American people and our allies in the region to chart a more effective course to more effectively deny Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon.”