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DeFazio Directs Trump to Withdraw from Iran Nuclear Deal, Lies at Town Hall

At Representative DeFazio’s 8/22/19 Eugene town hall, speaking on the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA), he said,

“Unfortunately Trump has voided that agreement and imposed even more onerous sanctions than before. I have opposed that and the House has opposed that.”

Trump formally withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018 by imposing sanctions. In 2017 both DeFazio and the House voted for the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act which

“directs the President to impose sanctions against: (1) Iran’s ballistic missile or weapons of mass destruction programs.”

Article 26 of the JCPOA states,

“the President and the Congress, will refrain from imposing new nuclear-related sanctions. Iran has stated that it will treat such… an imposition of new nuclear-related sanctions, as grounds to cease performing its commitments under this JCPOA.” 

It seems that rather than opposing Trump’s disastrous move, DeFazio voted to direct him to do it.

Recently the World Court ordered the US to ease these sanctions in what UN News called “economic warfare.” When asked to adhere to international law, DeFazio refused to answer.