I believe President Trump’s decision to de-certify the Iran nuclear deal is the right decision at this time. It is not in the interests of the United States to enable Iran a patient pathway towards acquiring a nuclear weapon. The regime in Iran has proven time and again that it cannot be trusted and that its true interests are to undermine its international obligations and expand its influence over the Middle East. Through decertification we are sending Tehran a strong signal that the United States will not appease Iran’s threatening behavior. I also applaud the President’s designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, better known as the IRGC, for terrorist activity pursuant to Executive Order 13224 – a step I proposed in my bill H.R. 478 earlier this year. The IRGC is a leading cause of instability in the Middle East through its support of the murderous regime in Syria, its development of ballistic missiles, and its provocative action towards our sailors transiting the region.  It is past time we hold this band of thugs to account. And that’s just the way it is.

Congressman Ted Poe serves as the Chairman of the subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade.