The Iowa senator again expressed opposition to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—the Iran Nuclear Deal—and urged Biden to work with Congress, refuse to re-join the deal without significant reform
Feb 09 2021
WASHINGTON—U.S Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), along with U.S. Senators Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) introduced a resolution expressing opposition to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and urging President Biden to work with Congress and refuse to re-join the deal without significant reform.
Senator Joni Ernst said, “Iran continues to pose a serious threat, not only on the global stage as they are allowed to advance their unfettered ballistic missile capacities, but also in the Middle East, as they continue to support and finance terrorist organization proxies that destabilize the region, endangering American servicemembers and our partners. President Biden’s first responsibility is to keep the nation safe, and that includes making sure Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon. The loophole-ridden Iran Deal did not go far enough in its efforts to permanently dismantle Iran’s nuclear program—lacking basic oversight and enforcement, and allowing a dishonest Iran to continue its destabilizing activity. Even to discuss rejoining the original Iran Nuclear Deal right now is unwise. To appease this terrorist state could be catastrophic, and I’m proud to join my colleagues in this important resolution.”
Senator Rick Scott said, “President Trump was right to abandon the reckless Iran nuclear deal that President Obama got us into, and I’m proud my colleagues joined me today to oppose re-joining this deal without major changes. The sanctions the Trump administration levied on Iran are working, and must remain in place until Iran fully cooperates and their ability to develop nuclear weapons and produce ballistic missiles is permanently removed. President Biden must be responsible about this and work with Congress to protect national security and the interests of America and our great ally Israel.”
Senator Kevin Cramer said, “The Iran Nuclear Deal jeopardized the security of our allies in the region and the American people, and we gained nothing in return. Re-entering it without significant changes would endanger the world. Instead of retrying what already failed, President Biden should work with Congress to develop a strategy to properly combat this state sponsor of terrorism.”
Recently, Senator Ernst penned an op-ed in the Washington Examiner calling on the Biden administration to make a top priority of keeping our nation and the world safe from the threat of Iranian nuclear missiles and urging the new president to look at the Iranian threat as it exists today and make his decisions based instead on what is best for the safety and security of the American people.