WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement in reaction to a speech made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo:

“Secretary Pompeo isn’t wrong about all the ways Iran creates instability on the world stage. The problem is that the United States is now in a far weaker position to do anything about the regime’s aggressive behavior. Within the framework of the nuclear deal, we would have had leverage to build an international coalition and dial up pressure on Tehran for its support of terrorism, its ballistic-missile program, and its abysmal human rights record. Instead, we’ve now isolated ourselves, angering our allies and hurting our chances to make a real difference on these issues.”

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