Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday blasted President Trump’s announcement that he would not re-certify Iran’s compliance with the multilateral Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which the president is required to do every 90 days under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.
Sanders said Trump’s statement amounted to “a lot of bluster.”
“Breaking the Iran agreement would not only free Iran from the limits placed on its nuclear program, it would irreparably harm America’s ability to negotiate future nonproliferation agreements,” Sanders said in a statement.
“If we are genuinely concerned with Iran’s behavior in the region, as I am, the worst possible thing we could do is undermine this nuclear deal. It would make addressing all of these other problems harder. Unfortunately, I heard no strategy from Trump today, just a lot of bluster,” he continued.
Biden said Trump’s decision would “isolate” the U.S.
“Unilaterally putting the deal at risk does not isolate Iran,” Biden said in a statement posted on Facebook. “It isolates us.”
“This decision will cost us leverage. It will weaken our unity with our allies. It will damage our credibility,” Biden added.
It “goes against reason and evidence,” he continued.
Sanders concurred with Biden’s assessment of increased isolation.
“Trump’s decision also isolates the United States from some of its most important allies. France, the U.K. and Germany all continue to support the agreement and have consistently said that it is in their own national security interests,” Sanders said.
Sanders’ and Biden’s comments come just hours after Trump announced the deal was not in the national security interests of the U.S.
“We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout,” the president said.
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However, the president stopped short of withdrawing the U.S. from the deal, which was established by a United Nations Security Resolution in 2015.
Trump also did not request that Congress impose additional sanctions on Iran for its nuclear activities, which would have likely resulted in the U.S. departing the deal.
The president instead asked Congress to pass new goals Iran would have to reach in order avoid nuclear-related sanctions in the future.