VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: We Must Uphold Iran Nuclear Agreement

October 12, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today spoke on the House floor urging President Trump against decertifying Iran’s compliance with the Iran nuclear agreement (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) following her article published in The Hill this morning. 

Video of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Speech is Available Here

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said:

“The Iran nuclear deal is far from perfect. There are outstanding issues like ballistic missiles that are, and should be, addressed outside of the nuclear agreement. Ultimately, the goal of this deal was to prevent Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon and averting all-out war - this is exactly what has been done.

“Now, President Trump is threatening to pull out from the deal and break our commitments to Iran and our allies with no evidence to prove that Iran has not complied. In fact, the IAEA, our U.S. military and intelligence sources unanimously agree that Iran has remained compliant to the agreement. Walking away from the Iran nuclear agreement, that so far is working, will likely cause Iran to restart its nuclear weapons program, eliminate the possibility of diplomatic negotiations to denuclearize North Korea, kickoff a nuclear arms race and greatly increase the chances of nuclear war.

“If President Trump breaks our commitment to the Iran deal, the American people have everything to lose and nothing to gain. For the peace and security of the American people, we must uphold our commitment to this nuclear deal.”

Background:

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has acknowledged that the Iran nuclear deal is imperfect, however she emphasized that the agreement was better than the alternatives that seek to block Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

The congresswoman has continually advocated for the protection of Hawai‘i, American territories in the Pacific, and the mainland United States from the threat of a nuclear attack, and is a strong advocate for U.S. investment in missile defense. 

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