Members of Iowa's congressional delegation broke along party lines reacting to President Donald Trump's announcement Friday that he will not certify the Iran nuclear deal.
The announcement doesn't immediately pull the United States out of the agreement, which was reached with Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia. But the president called for reworking the deal and said it would be terminated if no agreement is reached.
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said Friday's move "provides an opportunity for Congress to work with the Trump administration and our allies to fix the failures of the original agreement." She said sanctions relief for Iran has fueled its support for terrorism.
Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, objected. He said the administration should focus on enforcement.
"Instead, the administration has chosen to ignore the warnings of the White House’s own national security staff, sow uncertainty, and undermine our national security," he said Friday.
— Ed Tibbetts