U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement as the latest round of P5 +1 Nuclear Negotiations with Iran begin in Geneva. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"This latest round of P5+1 negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program is nothing more than a charade meant to undermine our leverage while allowing the centrifuges to continue to spin. The Administration must not offer any easing of sanctions against Iran in exchange for empty promises and false hopes.
"The Administration should not be deceived by Rouhani's ruse, which has a history of using smooth talk to buy time for the nuclear program in the past. Iran's intransigence and history of openly ignoring and failing to uphold UN Security Council Resolutions should not be rewarded with concessions, rather it should be met with more constrictions. Responsible nations must not acquiesce to Tehran's demands of allowing it to continue to enrich even the slightest bit of uranium.
"As the author of the strongest sanctions law ever against Iran - the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 - I can attest that this law was instrumental in further crippling the Iranian economy. The U.S. must continue to increase the sanctions against Iran until it has taken clear and verifiable steps to halt and dismantle its nuclear program."