Sullivan Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal


Date: May 8, 2018
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement in response to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement:

"I support the Trump administration's actions today on the important decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal -- a fundamentally flawed agreement that I opposed as a matter of both policy and process. The message we send today is that Iran, the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism and violator of human rights, should never be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon.

"Moving forward, U.S. strategy towards Iran must soberly recognize the realities on the ground: Iran continues to engage in extreme and hostile behavior towards Israel and our Gulf-Arab allies, Iran continues to act as a destabilizing force in the Middle East and across the globe, and Iran has violated the spirit and what I believe to be the letter of the nuclear agreement from the very beginning.

"While we work to re-impose sanctions against the Iranian regime, there may be an opportunity to revisit this agreement. But unless we see numerous improvements, including the elimination of sunset provisions, a cease in all ballistic missile activities, and legitimate efforts to address Iran's global terrorism activities, I believe it is in America's best interest to fully withdraw from the agreement. Until Iran starts to play a constructive role in world affairs, the United States should focus its policies on isolating and tightening sanctions on the Iranian regime.