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Shuster: "Good Riddance" to Iran Deal

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg) issued a statement Tuesday in response to President Donald Trump announcing the United States would withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal.

“The Iran nuclear deal is deeply flawed and gives Iran billions in economic relief while practically guaranteeing the regime’s path to nuclear weapons. Good riddance,” said Congressman Shuster. “The United States stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel, our strongest ally in the Middle East, and firmly against Iran, the leading state-sponsor of terrorism.”

Congressman Shuster and the House of Representatives voted against approving the plan of action in 2015, 162-269. Congressman Shuster railed against the deal in 2015, arguing too many of the clauses have sunset provisions and allow Iran the economic relief and latitude to pursue a path to a nuclear weapon.

“President Trump sent a strong, clear message to Iran and North Korea ahead of upcoming nuclear talks: The United States will not reward your bad behavior, we will sanction it. We will not tolerate you breaking the conditions of deals, we will punish it. The United States will not accept your antics anymore.” said Congressman Shuster.

“The United States no longer makes empty threats,” said President Trump. “We will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction. Any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States. America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail.”

Last week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented newly uncovered intelligence documents showing further details of Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program and the extent to which it lied about nuclear activity.

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