Statement by Michael Rubin at the House Subcommittee on National Security Hearing: Protecting America From a Bad Deal

June 6, 2018

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Missile

Chairman DeSanti, Ranking Member Lunch, and Honorable Members, thank you for the opportunity to testify today about the impact of President Donald Trump's decision to end U.S. participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the threat posted by the Islamic Republic of Iran's nuclaer ambitions. 

The JCPOA was a complex agreement that the Obama administration and its supporters said cut off all of Iran's pathways to a nuclear bomb. Given the reality of JCPOA controls and only limited access to potential Iranian nuclear sites, such claims were an exaggeration. While there remains ample room for diplomacy, protecting American security and that of our regional allies requires dealing with the reality of Iranian behavior, rather than a public relations whitewash of it. To do anything other than addressing JCPOA flaws head-on would be natinoal security malpractice.


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