As Iranian Nuclear Cover-Up Continues, Ros-Lehtinen Urges No Legitimacy for Iranian Regime; Decries UN for Participating in Tehran Summit, Giving Iran Technical Assistance

Statement

By:  Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Date: Aug. 22, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today commented on Iran's attempts to destroy evidence of its nuclear weapons program as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) makes efforts to access the site. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

"Tehran again reveals its true intentions: to obtain nuclear weapons capability while covering up the evidence. The Iranian threat continues to swell, and we cannot negotiate our way out of it.

"But as Tehran again refuses to cooperate with the UN's nuclear watchdog, the UN will legitimize Tehran through the Secretary General's attendance of the upcoming Tehran summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, which the regime is exploiting as a propaganda victory. Instead of acting to address the growing Iranian threat to international security, the UN is again part of the problem, not the solution.

"The U.S. must make clear that we will not keep footing the bill for a UN that stands with the likes of Iran instead of responsible nations like the U.S. and Israel. The UN must stop aiding Iran and its partners in crime through technical assistance from the IAEA and WIPO, through participation in dangerous pariah propaganda activities, and through granting leadership posts to rogue regimes."