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Cole Statement on President Trump's Strategy in Iran

October 13, 2017
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after President Trump announced a new strategy on Iran and its nuclear capability.
“I agree with President Trump that Iran is not in compliance with the Obama Administration's Nuclear Deal with Iran and therefore cannot certify that Iran is abiding by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” said Cole.

“It is clear that Iran continues its aggressive actions that fall outside of the JCPOA. I agree that the U.S. focus, and that of our allies, should be on ending Iran’s ballistic missiles testing, the violence of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and ensuring Iran ceases their ongoing and destabilizing activities throughout the region.
“I will support legislation to increase sanctions, unrelated to JCPOA, that target Iran’s support for terrorism and its ballistic missile program.
“I will also work with the President on his request that Congress to amend the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA), which requires the president’s certification of the nuclear agreement every 90 days.
“I’ve met with Administration officials to discuss the measures under the current deal and what actions are needed to ensure Iran enforcement complies with the existing agreement. It is clear that the United States needs to be a part of a deal that is more transparent, comprehensive and enforceable. Congress should give President Trump its full support.”