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Top House Republican Urges Trump to Stay in Iran Deal
Speaking at a hearing earlier this week, House foreign affairs committee chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) said he believes it is in the country’s best interests to remain in the Iran nuclear deal, according to a report by The Hill.
“As flawed as the deal is, I believe we must now enforce the hell out of it,” Royce said, kicking off a hearing aimed at countering threats posed by Iran.
Word out of the White House is that President Trump plans to “decertify” the pact on Thursday, saying it’s not in the interested of the U.S. to remain in the agreement. This will then trigger a 90-day period of congressional review.
While the decision would not completely trash the agreement, it would damage America’s standing among allies and greatly inhibit the ability of the U.S. and its friends to impose further sanctions on Iran should the country get out of line with its nuclear program.
Royce wasn’t exactly a fan of the deal to begin with, but now that it’s in place, he is urging the President not to throw it away.
Speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper last month, Royce elaborated his position and gave suggestions on ways he thinks the agreement could be improved.
“Let’s work with allies to make certain that international inspectors have better access to possible nuclear sites, and we should address the fundamental sunset shortcoming, as our allies have recognized,” said Royce.
Speaking at the hearing, Royce didn’t say that the White House should give Iran its stamp of approval though. He did, however, set a high bar for the President to meet if he’s going to follow through with decertification.
“Later this week, the President will make a legislatively mandated decision on certification of the nuclear deal. Whatever he decides, it is critical that the President lay out the facts. He should explain what his decision means, and what it doesn’t,” Royce said. “And then, I hope — as I have tried to do here today — the President will define a responsible path forward to confront the full range of threats posed by Iran.”