May 9, 2018 Articles, Press

Stefanik backs Trump on Iran nuclear deal withdrawal; NY-21 challengers disagree

“Pulling out of the Iran agreement without a new or supplemental agreement is a mistake,” Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb wrote in an email. “The Pentagon and our European allies supported the agreement because it makes us and the region safer. This action damages our interests and image at home and abroad.”


By: AARON CERBONE
Adirondack Daily Enterprise
May 9, 2018

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik said Tuesday that she approves of President Donald Trump’s decision to violate a nuclear agreement the United States has held for three years with Iran.

Several Democratic and Green candidates running for Stefanik’s seat in November disagreed with the decision, calling it dangerous for global and national security.

Ending the Obama-era agreement Tuesday afternoon, Trump called the Iran deal “horrible,” “one-sided” and “disastrous” as he broke step with U.S. allies in Europe.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action restricted Iran’s nuclear activities while lifting the country’s U.S., United Nations and European Union sanctions on oil, aircraft and metal trade. Banks and businesses now have 90 to 180 days to cease contracts, deals and other financial ties with the nation, on threat of penalty.

The decision to violate the U.S. end of this deal has been wildly controversial among foreign policy experts, politicians and American allies. Leaders from Germany, France and Britain, all co-signers of the agreement, said they disagree with Trump and will try to salvage the deal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country could restart enriching uranium “without any limitations” in mere weeks, with the only thing stopping him being successful talks with the other co-signers. He also said “The US has announced that it doesn’t respect its commitments” and called Trump a “pesky being.”

Trump has called the deal weak, saying that Iran was building its nuclear program regardless by developing ballistic missiles, only limiting nuclear activities for a fixed period and giving the country $100 billion that “has served as a slush fund for weapons, terror, and oppression.”

He did not provide evidence at his announcement that Iran is building its nuclear program.

Stefanik, a Republican who voted against the JCPA in 2015 and sits on the House Armed Services and Intelligence committees, called the plan “deeply flawed” and echoed Trump’s reasons for pulling out.

“I support President Trump’s decision to withdraw and believe we must impose sanctions on the Iranian regime immediately,” Stefanik wrote in a press release. “We must also work with our allies in the region to ensure Iran does not become a nuclear power.”

Five of the seven candidates running to replace her quickly issued statements opposing Trump’s move.

“We need President Trump to uphold this deal, as it is instrumental in keeping peace within the world,” Democrat Patrick Nelson wrote in a press release. “The world needs to know that when it makes an agreement with the United States, it can trust that the United States will stand by its end of the bargain.”

“Although by no means a perfect deal, it made progress where progress was necessary,” Democrat Katie Wilson wrote in a press release. “This decision seems to have been made based on the same sort of fake theatrics that marked the period before the War in Iraq, where politicians looked for fake evidence, faulty intelligence, hearsay, innuendo or old archives of things we already knew.”

“Pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal is an assault on international diplomacy, an insult to the hundreds of negotiators and nuclear arms analysts from 6 nations that spent two years working on the agreement, and a short-sighted decision that sets back the progress of nuclear disarmament and damages respect for and trust in America’s international agreements and treaties,” Green Party candidate Lynn Kahn wrote in an email.

“President Trump has decided to pull out of the Iran deal — undermining the US’s credibility as well as the region’s stability,” Democratic congressional candidate Emily Martz wrote in an email. “There’s now no incentive for Iran to refrain from building its nuclear war program. The President’s reneging on yet another deal shows that America’s word is increasingly hollow.”

“Pulling out of the Iran agreement without a new or supplemental agreement is a mistake,” Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb wrote in an email. “The Pentagon and our European allies supported the agreement because it makes us and the region safer. This action damages our interests and image at home and abroad.”

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