U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement on President Obama's speech today at the United Nations General Assembly. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"It's clear that sanctions imposed against the regime in Tehran by both the U.S. and UN have weakened Iran's economy and have measurably reduced the regime's ability to acquire materials needed to complete its nuclear program. Now is not the time to ease the pressure; it's the time to deliver the crushing blow. The regime's charm offensive shows that there is a crack in its façade, and we must impose even harsher sanctions until the mullahs give up on their nuclear ambitions.
"North Korea provides an example of what happens when the United States offers concessions for empty promises and rhetoric. I call on the Administration to re-designate North Korea as a State Sponsor of Terrorism because of its continued support of Tehran in its pursuit of nuclear weapons, and other illicit activities. Direct negotiations with the Iranian regime would undermine U.S. national security interests and the security of our ally, the democratic Jewish State of Israel. The Administration must not fall for Rouhani's deception, and it must not offer any concessions that will simply buy Tehran more time to reach its objective. The world would be faced with the reality of a nuclear armed Iran and an all-out arms race in the Middle East.