WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, U.S. Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) released the following statement after President Trump’s announced the termination of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran.

“The Iranian nuclear deal was crafted behind closed doors, without the approval of Congress. This deal, and the resulting ~$1.3 billion in cash airlift, was a huge mistake,” said Rep. Poe. “President Trump’s decision to end America’s participation in the disastrous Iran nuclear deal is in the best interest of American national security. This deal, also known as the JCPOA, has provided Iran access to billions of dollars to support terrorism, build ballistic missiles, and oppress the Iranian people, all the while providing Tehran a patient pathway to a nuclear arsenal. With the President’s decision, we have regained leverage to push the Iranians back to the table to negotiate a new agreement that will stop Iran’s ballistic missile development, indefinitely prevent Iran’s ability to enrich uranium to a level to produce bombs and strengthen the International Atomic Energy Agency’s ability to inspect all Iranian facilities suspected of involvement in nuclear weapons development. Most of all, it sends a clear message to the mullahs that the era of appeasement to their threats and evil ambitions is over.”

Congressman Poe is the Subcommittee Chairman of Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade.