Truman Project Statement on President Trump’s Choice to Violate the JCPOA

Washington, DC – In response to President Trump’s decision to refuse to issue agreed-upon sanctions waivers and therefore violate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (more commonly known as the ‘Iran Deal’), Truman Project President and CEO Michael Breen issued the following statement:

“President Trump’s decision to violate the international nuclear agreement that is preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon is a reckless, unforced error that will make America less safe and damage our position in the world.”

“This decision flies in the face of wise advice from national security leaders at home and our allies abroad. On the eve of negotiations with North Korea, it also signals that the United States will not stay true to our word. It creates a serious possibility that we will have no choice but to sanction our own allies (if they continue adhering to the deal’s terms). And finally, it poses a dangerous risk: If the agreement collapses entirely, Iran will be left with no limits or monitors on its nuclear program—potentially setting us on the course for another costly war in the Middle East.”

“This agreement, and the negotiations that led up to it, are the only actions that have ever frozen Iran’s nuclear program. President Trump’s strategically incoherent choice to put the United States in violation of its terms today rolls back that progress and does nothing to make us safer.”