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P5+1 Talks No Success, Making Nuclear Iran More Likely, Says Ros-Lehtinen

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the negotiations that concluded today in Baghdad between the Iranian regime and the "P5+1" (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany) focused on Iran's nuclear program. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

"Western diplomats are using positive language to describe the Baghdad talks with Iran, as they did with the Istanbul talks last month. They say they 'want' to make progress. Putting western hopes aside, what are these talks actually accomplishing?

"The Iranian regime still hasn't stopped enriching uranium, hasn't turned over its enriched uranium stockpiles, and hasn't let international inspectors into suspected weapons-related testing sites. In fact, all Iran has agreed to is further talks.

"In return, the P5+1 appear to be offering Iran more concessions, backing away from previous demands on the Iranian regime, and now agreeing to more talks that buy Iran more precious weeks for their centrifuges to spin and race toward a nuclear weapons capability.

"The endless negotiations are helpful only for Iran, no one else. Only crippling sanctions will stop the nightmare of a nuclear-armed Iran, the world's leading state-sponsor of global terrorism, from becoming a reality."


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