As Nuclear Talks Begin in Kazakhstan, Iran Continues to Buy Time As Centrifuges Continue to Spin, Says Ros-Lehtinen

Statement

By:  Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Date: Feb. 26, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, released the following statement today regarding the latest round of P5+1 (the five members of the UN Security Council - China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States - plus Germany) nuclear talks with Iran. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

"I expect this week's talks in Almaty to yield the same results as previous nuclear talks with Iran have: the members of the P5 +1 talks will try to coax Iran into giving up its nuclear weapons program without success, and Iran will continue to advance its enrichment process unimpeded. In fact, just this past weekend Iran announced that it has selected 16 new locations upon which to build nuclear plants.

We've seen this movie before, and we know how it ends. The Six-Party talks aimed at bringing to an end North Korea's nuclear program had the same dismal fate and failed to stop North Korea's third nuclear detonation. North Korea has been cooperating with Iran on nuclear and military technology for decades now and the Administration still has not learned its lesson. Just like North Korea, Iran has forfeited all its rights under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by pursuing its covert nuclear ambitions and violating many U.N. Security Council resolutions.

President Obama needs to realize that the time for talking and diplomatic niceties is long gone. The Administration must fully and vigorously enforce sanctions against Iran and those who assist Tehran in furthering its nuclear weapons program. The Administration should also realize anything short of that will unfortunately lead to a nuclear armed Iran sooner rather than later."