US House Speaker Paul Ryan has voiced opposition to the 2015 landmark nuclear agreement signed between Iran and the P5+1, claiming Tehran’s moves have gotten worse since the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). was inked.
“I think this deal was a bad deal — it allows them to get nuclear weapons,” Ryan told reporters at his weekly press conference on Thursday.
The House speaker said that he believed that the administration of former US President Barack Obama had struck a bad deal with Iran and the Donald Trump administration needed a “comprehensive strategy” to deal with Iran.
US officials often make unfounded accusations that Iran has been seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran has strongly denied the allegations.
Ryan also claimed Iran was bullying its neighbors and destabilizing the region. “Their activities and behaviors have only gotten worse since the Iran Deal,” he argued.
“I think we are due for a comprehensive strategy in Iran and I think that’s what the administration is working on and getting set to announce,” Ryan said. “With respect to some of these other multilateral deals, if they were bad deals than they were bad deals, and if they can replace it with superior policy then that’s what any new administration should try to do.”
The comments of Ryan, who is a Republican from Wisconsin, come as US Republican President Trump prepares to announce whether he will certify the agreement.
Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed again and again that Iran has lived up to its commitments under the nuclear deal.