AIPAC Statement on Administrationís Iran Announcement

October 13, 2017

President Trump delivered an important speech today recognizing the dangerous threat the Iranian regime continues to pose. He outlined a robust strategy to confront both Iran's regional aggression and the flaws in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). AIPAC urges the administration and Congress to move ahead on a comprehensive, bipartisan strategy to achieve these important objectives.

In his speech, the president gave special attention to the dangers posed by the Iranian regime, both globally and in the region. As he indicated, a primary instrument for carrying out the regimeís will is the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). We welcome the announcement of new sanctions on the IRGC.

The president made clear his view of the deficiencies in the JCPOA, but he also indicated that the United States is not withdrawing from the accord at this time. Instead, he called upon Congress and our allies to work together to address the deal's problematic sunset clauses, the lack of sufficient inspections, and the danger posed by Iranís ballistic missile program.

This is an important moment for Iran policy. AIPAC urges the administration and Congress to forge a comprehensive, bipartisan strategy to counter Iranian aggression and ensure Iran will never achieve a nuclear weapons capability.