Sen. Murphy Says Trump’s Withdrawal from JCPOA to Harm US
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A decision by US President Donald Trump to leave the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers would harm the US, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said.
"The President is about to impose on himself and this country a dramatic self-inflicted wound because by pulling out of this agreement, Iran will go back onto a path to develop a nuclear weapon," Murphy told CNN on Sunday.
If the US exits the agreement, Iran would still receive sanctions relief from other parties to the deal, he added.
"They will get everything they want," he said.
US President Donald Trump's team now faces an Oct. 15 deadline to tell Congress whether it will continue to certify that Iran is compliance with the deal. If Trump refuses to certify, Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to re-impose US sanctions on Iran.
Last month, Trump, during an address before the United Nations General Assembly, said, "The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into frankly that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it”.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) reached the 159-page nuclear agreement in July 2015 and implemented it in January 2016.
Since the historic deal was signed in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly confirmed the Islamic Republic’s compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, but some other parties, especially the US, have failed to live up to their undertakings.