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Statement by the President on the Iran Nuclear Deal (White House via Daily Alert)

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Jan. 15, 2018

Statement by the President on the Iran Nuclear Deal (White House)

President Trump said in a statement issued on Friday:

“The Iranian regime is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. It enables Hizbullah, Hamas, and many other terrorists to sow chaos and kill innocent people. It has funded, armed, and trained more than 100,000 militants to spread destruction across the Middle East. It props up the murderous regime of Bashar al Assad, and has helped him slaughter his own people. The regime’s destructive missiles threaten neighboring countries and international shipping. Within Iran, the Supreme Leader and his Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps use mass arrests and torture to oppress and silence Iran’s people. Iran’s ruling elite has let their citizens go hungry while enriching themselves by stealing Iran’s national wealth.”

“We are…supporting the brave Iranian citizens who are demanding change from a corrupt regime that wastes the Iranian people’s money on weapons systems at home and terrorism abroad. And crucially, we are calling on all nations to lend similar support to the Iranian people….The enormous financial windfall the Iranian regime received because of the [nuclear] deal – access to more than $100 billion, including $1.8 billion in cash – has not been used to better the lives of the Iranian people. Instead, it has served as a slush fund for weapons, terror, and oppression, and to further line the pockets of corrupt regime leaders.”

“I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw….[Congressional] legislation regarding Iran…must include four critical components.”

“First, it must demand that Iran allow immediate inspections at all sites requested by international inspectors.”

“Second, it must ensure that Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon.”

“Third, unlike the nuclear deal, these provisions must have no expiration date. My policy is to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon – not just for ten years, but forever. If Iran does not comply with any of these provisions, American nuclear sanctions would automatically resume.”

“Fourth, the legislation must explicitly state in United States law – for the first time – that long-range missile and nuclear weapons programs are inseparable, and that Iran’s development and testing of missiles should be subject to severe sanctions.”

“My Administration has engaged with key European allies in seeking to secure a new supplemental agreement that would impose new multilateral sanctions if Iran develops or tests long-range missiles, thwarts inspections, or makes progress toward a nuclear weapon.”

“Today, I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies’ agreement to fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal….In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal.”

“Those who, for whatever reason, choose not to work with us will be siding with the Iranian regime’s nuclear ambitions, and against the people of Iran and the peaceful nations of the world.”

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