Protecting America from a Bad Deal: Ending U.S. Participation in the Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Subcommittee on National Security
Subcommittee on National Security
Hearing Date: June 6, 2018 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:
  • To examine the reasons for U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (widely known as the Iran Deal).
  • To consider policy options for countering Iran’s threat to the U.S. and its interests.
BACKGROUND:
  • On May 8, 2018, the Administration ended the United States’ participation in the Iran Deal. The Administration cited the deal’s sunset provisions, weaknesses in the inspection process, documentation of Iran’s nuclear weapons program released by Israel, the agreement’s failure to address Iran’s nuclear ballistic activity, and Iran’s increased aggression and support for terrorism as grounds for withdrawing from the deal.
  • On May 21, 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the Administration’s new Iran strategy. The Administration’s goals include applying unprecedented financial pressure through sanctions, deterring Iranian aggression, and advocating for the Iranian people. Secretary Pompeo also affirmed the Administration remains willing to negotiate an improved deal, and identified the requirements for a new deal.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Richard Goldberg Senior Advisor Foundation for Defense of Democracies Document
David Albright President Institute for Science and International Security Document
Michael Pregent Senior Fellow Hudson Institute Document
Michael Rubin Resident Scholar American Enterprise Institute Document
Jim Walsh Senior Research Associate Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Document