August 20, 2020

Chairman Castro Statement on Trump Administration Attempt to Invoke Snapback Sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Vice Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of its Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee released the following statement on Trump administration attempt to invoke snapback sanctions on Iran under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA):

“Last week, the Trump Administration embarrassed the United States on the world stage when it failed to convince our allies and adversaries to extend the arms embargo on Iran. Now Secretary Pompeo is trying to pretend the administration never left the Iran nuclear deal by invoking snapback sanctions — an essential tool only available to parties of the agreement.”

“By exiting the JCPOA, President Trump and Secretary Pompeo abandoned the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear capabilities negotiated by the Obama-Biden administration, accelerated an arms race, and destabilized the region. In the long run, attempting to invoke snapback sanctions unilaterally will not only undermine out allies’ faith in American leadership, but also the legitimacy of the United Nations Security Council. The Unites States Congress and those committed to diplomacy will have a hard road ahead of us to build back, but we must.”