Diaz-Balart Supports Withdraw from Reckless Iran Deal


Date: May 8, 2018
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Foreign Affairs

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision on the Iran deal.

"I strongly support the Trump Administration's withdrawal from the reckless and dangerous Iran deal, a serious threat to our national security that finances global terrorism. I voted against the deal in 2015 because it did nothing to prevent Iran's development of missiles, nor would it permanently end its nuclear weapons program. As I said after that vote, the Iran deal paved the way for a dangerous state sponsor of terrorism to achieve what it wanted most -- nuclear weapons, and the means and funds to deliver them.

"Since then, the deal has provided legitimacy and millions in economic relief to a murderous, oppressive regime that opposes U.S. interests and threatens America's allies. Iran continues to assist its terrorist proxies and international terrorist networks, directly endangering U.S. soldiers and America's allies, has exacerbated violence in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, as well as instability in Lebanon. Additionally, Iran has continued developing its missile arsenal, launching over 20 ballistic missiles since the deal was signed in 2015.

"I commend the Trump Administration for taking this bold step to withdraw from this reckless deal that poses a threat to the United States, and for standing with our close ally Israel. The regime in Iran cannot be trusted, and today's withdrawal gives the United States and our allies a chance to forge a better path toward global stability and a nuclear-free Iran."