Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger to Kerry: Reconsider your alignment with Iran

Jan 14, 2016
Press Release



Pittenger letter co-signed by 50 Members of Congress


WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today wrote Secretary of State John Kerry to express concern over the direction of U.S. foreign policy toward Iran. 

Co-signed by 50 Members of Congress, the letter reviews Iran’s capture of several U.S. Navy sailors, recent illegal ballistic missile tests, Iran’s three decades as a state-sponsor of terrorism, and recent efforts by Middle East allies to build a coalition to fight terrorism.

“We view your responses towards their missile tests and detention of our uniformed military members as precursor to a reaction that favors Iran after the diplomatic fallout that occurred with Saudi Arabia.

“Strategically, this Administration has created a scenario where foreign policy decision-making is based solely on justifying the competence of the Iran deal.  The United States appears unwilling to leverage regional momentum against an Iranian government that has spent decades supporting terrorism and other anti-American policies.

“As you are well aware, the Iranian government over the past several years has been accused of funding, arming, training, and giving sanctuary to U.S.-designated terrorists.  Many Middle Eastern governments are taking unprecedented diplomatic actions against Iran.  We believe that your adherence to the Iran deal will place U.S. foreign diplomacy on the side of Iran.  This comes at a time when many of our regional allies, including Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, have spoken out against Iran’s support of terror organizations and the oppressive Assad regime.

“At a critical moment for U.S. foreign policy, we hope that you will reconsider your strategic alignment with the Iranian government and give full support to our Middle Eastern allies.”

Congressman Pittenger serves as Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Vice Chairman of the Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing.

Congressman Pittenger’s letter to Secretary Kerry was co-signed by U.S. Representatives David Rouzer (NC-07), Phil Roe (TN-01), Mike Simpson (ID-02), Michael Burgess (TX-26), Randy Weber (TX-14), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Dennis Ross (FL-15), Thomas Rooney (FL-17), Austin Scott (GA-08), Bill Posey (FL-08), Tim Walberg (MI-07), Steve Chabot (OH-01), Joe Wilson (SC-02), Randy Hultgren (IL-14), Brian Babin (TX-36), Marlin Stutzman (IN-03), Bob Gibbs (OH-07), Todd Rokita (IN-04), John Ratcliffe (TX-04), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Lamar Smith (TX-21), Alex Mooney (WV-02), Ander Crenshaw (FL-04), Mike Bost (IL-12), Joe Pitts (PA-16), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Bruce Westerman (AR-04), Rick Allen (GA-12), Kevin Cramer (ND), Barbara Comstock (VA-10), Steve Russell (OK-05), Luke Messer (IN-06), Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Dan Benishek (MI-01), John Katko (NY-24), Chris Stewart (UT-02), Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Tom Rice (SC-07), Trent Kelly (MS-01), Rick Crawford (AR-01), Mike Rogers (AL-03), Lynn Jenkins (KS-02), Susan Brooks (IN-05), Chris Collins (NY-27), Bradley Byrne (AL-01), Earl “Buddy” Carter (GA-01), Brett Guthrie (KY-02), and Martha McSally (AZ-02).

Click here to read the letter.