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Senate Passage of Iranian Sanctions Welcome, IAEA Agreement with Tehran an Empty Promise, Says Ros-Lehtinen; House-Senate Conference Must Strengthen Legislation


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today noted the U.S. Senate's passage of Iranian sanctions legislation but criticized the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for yet another inspections agreement with Tehran that again relies on empty promises. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

"I am deeply concerned that the so-called agreement reached between Iran and the IAEA will only be used as yet another stalling tactic to afford the Iranian regime greater time to acquire nuclear weapons capabilities.

"It's deja vu all over again. It has been ten years since Iran's covert nuclear program was discovered by the IAEA after decades had gone by when the regime successfully hid its nuclear activities from the world. It has been ten years of manipulation by Tehran of international inspections. And for decades, the regime has ignored its international obligations. Yet, the IAEA seems content to give Iran a pass in exchange for yet more empty promises.

"Fortunately, Congress has not bought into this dangerous and foolhardy approach.

"In this respect, I am gratified that the Senate finally passed its Iran sanctions legislation, although I am concerned that the legislation is not strong enough. I look forward to convening a House-led conference that will afford members from both sides of the aisle in both chambers the opportunity to further strengthen the legislation and get it to the President's desk for signature as soon as possible."

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