U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement regarding the first day of implementation of the Joint Plan of Action that the United States, the European Union, and the P5+1 nations negotiated with Iran over its nuclear program. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"As today marks the beginning of implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, it is vital for us to scrutinize this agreement that fails to meet basic foreign policy objectives. Next week, I will convene a subcommittee hearing to further examine how this agreement jeopardizes our national security, endangers the safety of our ally the democratic Jewish State of Israel, and does very little to prevent Iran from being nuclear capable. Any agreement that fails to force Tehran to completely stop its uranium enrichment program, give up its ICBM program, allow access to its military sites, and dismantle its existing centrifuges is a bad deal.
"Iran has already stated that it could reverse the intent of this implementation deal very quickly and due to the concessions already made, a growing number of companies from Europe and elsewhere are already starting to flock to Iran to seek new business opportunities. It took years to get tough sanctions signed into law and giving the Iranian regime access to hard currency will only strengthen its nuclear ambitions and embolden the regime to continue to sponsor terrorism abroad. Sanctions brought Tehran to the negotiating table, and we must continue to place and enforce strong sanctions until our ultimate objective is met and not reward this regime for its ongoing illicit activities."