US lawmakers introduce resolution for re-entry into Iran nuclear deal
Iran Press TV
Tue Jul 16, 2019 09:19PM
Lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives are introducing a resolution for Washington's re-entry into the Iran nuclear deal, which President Donald Trump quit.
Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA), David Price (D-NC), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the resolution Tuesday, urging the administration to re-enter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
"Trump's Iran policy is responsible for this self-inflicted crisis," said Lee. "As someone who played a key role in building Congressional support for the JCPOA, it is disappointing to find ourselves dangerously close to a military confrontation with Iran because of the administration's disastrous decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Iran deal on May 8, 2018. "
She further called on the administration to avoid military confrontation with Iran.
"We need serious and sustained diplomatic engagement to remove us from the path to war and on to a path of peace and diplomacy, and that's what this critical resolution calls for," she asserted.
Price, meanwhile, noted that the US unilateral pressure has failed to bring Iran to the negotiating table, an idea formerly reiterated by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, calling on Americans to "try respect" rather than anti-Iran threats.
"If we look at current events, we see that President Trump's rash decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear agreement has brought us no closer to bringing Iran to the negotiating table – it's only emboldened Iranian hardliners, incentivized Iran to return to previously prohibited nuclear activity, and threatened our own credibility and leadership," said the North Carolina congressman."This resolution sends a strong message from Congress to the administration: we must return to the JCPOA, and we must return to meaningful diplomatic engagement–peace, security, and United States leadership is at stake."
Schakowsky, on the other hand, asserted that Trump has no Iran strategy or "vision in the Middle East."
"With no strategy in Iran and no vision in the Middle East, President Trump's reckless decision to pull out of the JCPOA has increased tensions around the world, pushed the United States closer to armed conflict with Iran, and severely diminished US leadership and leverage," Schakowsky said. "We have been isolated from allies, have opened the door for Iran to become non-compliant, and have dissuaded other nations from negotiating agreements with the United States. It is time to bring Iran back into compliance, rejoin the JCPOA, and work with allies and partners on a diplomatic track to eliminate the threat of a nuclear Iran."
The United States has quit the internationally backed nuclear deal and re-imposed illegal sanctions on Iran, which has responded by reducing its commitments under the agreement.
The UK, Germany, Russia, China and France are also signatories to the deal, inked after years of tough negotiations in 2015.
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