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Blumenthal Statement on Trump Decision to Withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement

[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statement after President Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement:

“The President has destructively discarded the Iran deal instead of seeking to strengthen and enforce it— a serious setback to our national security.  This perilous step enables Iran to advance its nuclear capability without effective economic costs. It will destabilize the region and threaten Israel. It also divides us from critical allies in Europe and around the world. Tearing up the deal is not a strategy. It is certainly not the strategy urgently needed to stop the Iranian regime’s malign agenda. The President has squandered a historic opportunity to strengthen the agreement with enhanced limits and sanctions – trashing instead of tightening it – and eroding our position in stopping a nuclear-armed North Korea as well.”