Holding Iran accountable

Published 12:59 pm Wednesday, July 20, 2016

July 14 marked one year since the announcement of the Iran Nuclear Deal by the Obama Administration, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

This deal was touted as a means to push back the possibility of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon; unfortunately, it has unquestionably allowed Iran too much flexibility to pursue its nuclear ambitions.

The U.S. has been far too lenient in allowing Iran benefits beyond those required by the Iran Deal, as well as failing to impose strong measures to hold Iran accountable for continued behavior that violates the tenets of the agreement.

In order to thwart Iranian aggression and discourage further violations of the Iran Deal, we in the House have taken meaningful and decisive action to punish rather than reward Iran for breaking this dubious deal.

The Obama administration said that violation of the terms of this agreement would result in revocation of the many benefits Iran received.

We knew from the beginning that Iran could not be trusted to comply.

From the day the deal was signed, I have remained laser-focused on keeping the possibility of a nuclear Iran at bay and walking back the damage done by this irresponsible deal.

It is my hope that the Iran Accountability Act is swiftly signed into action as we stand up and acknowledge these threats.

Robert Hurt represents Charlotte in the U.S. House of Representatives. He can be reached at (434) 395-0120.