Gardner Statement on Secret Iran Deal Exemptions

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released a statement following reports that the United States agreed “in secret” to grant Iran exemptions and create a loophole to solidify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ahead of its deadline.

According to a report released by the Institute for Science and International Security, the exemptions would allow Iran to exceed the agreement’s cap on the amount of uranium Iran is allow to possess at its nuclear plants. The report concluded “the Administration’s policy to maintain secrecy interferes in the process of establishing adequate Congressional and public oversight of the JCPOA.” 

“This is yet another example of the Administration’s false choice it presented to the American people in selling the flawed Iranian deal that provides the Mullahs a patient pathway to the bomb,” said Gardner. “The American public deserves answers from the Administration, and I expect the State Department to release all relevant materials and to fully explain these allegations.”


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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