Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s effort to trigger the JCPOA snapback mechanism at the United Nations:

“By attempting to trigger the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) ‘snapback’ mechanism, the Trump Administration doubled down on an erratic, antagonistic, and dangerous approach to foreign policy. The years-long sabotage of the Iran Deal has made our nation less safe and left us further alienated from our allies and friends. Indeed, the Trump Administration’s attempts to trigger the JCPOA snapback mechanism – a move which it has no standing to do after unilaterally pulling out of the deal – was rejected by all other parties to the JCPOA and the majority of the United Nations Security Council. The attempted sabotage of the JCPOA at the United Nations this week only undermines any remaining chance of diplomacy and further escalates tensions with Iran.

“The best path to permanent peace requires re-entering the Iran Deal and re-engaging on the international stage. We strongly oppose any efforts to further undermine the Iran Deal and reject the belligerent, antagonistic foreign policy of the Trump Administration.”