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US Military and Intel Officials Highlight Benefits of Iran Deal

By Kate Gould, January 11, 2018


Iran is complying with the JCPOA, helping to keep the United States out of war.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis: “If we can confirm that Iran is living by the agreement, if we can determine that this is in our best interest, then clearly we should stay with it...I believe at this point in time, absent indications to the contrary, it is something that the president should consider staying with.”

Testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. October 3, 2017.

General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: “The briefings I have received indicate that Iran is adhering to its JCPOA obligations...It makes sense to me that our holding up agreements that we have signed, unless there’s a material breach, would have an impact on others’ willingness to sign agreements.”

Testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. September 26, 2017.

General John Hyten, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command: “The facts are that Iran is operating under the agreements the we signed up for under the JCPOA.”

Hudson Institute event, September 20, 2017.

General Paul Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: "Based on the evidence that's been presented by the intelligence community, it appears that Iran is in compliance with the rules that were laid out in the JCPOA.”

Testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. July 18, 2017.

Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency: "I do not see any indication that Iran is pursuing breaking out of that deal at this point.”

Testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. May 23, 2017.

Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence: “The intelligence did not suggest a breach that would deny confirming [Iran’s compliance with the deal].”

Testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. May 23, 2017.

Kate Gould

  • Legislative Director, Middle East Policy

Kate Gould is FCNL's Legislative Director for Middle East Policy. Kate is one of only a handful of registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. working to advance human rights objectives and support diplomatic solutions to resolve disputes between the U.S. and Iran and the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Israel/Palestine.