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At This Critical Point in Our Dealings with Iran, Any Easing of Sanctions Would Roll Back Years of Painstaking, Multilateral Efforts To Prevent A Nuclear Iran, Says Ros-Lehtinen


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement regarding the Administration's intention to ask Congress to delay Iranian sanctions. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

"The change in tone of Iran's so-called "moderate' leader is proof that sanctions work. Lifting or easing any sanctions would not only be foolish and dangerous, but completely undermine the efforts by the international community to isolate and place pressure on the regime to stop pursuing nuclear capabilities. The Administration must realize that it would be easy for Tehran to slow down its enrichment program and then start back up again without any real consequence for its nuclear objective, but it would be difficult to strengthen the current level of sanctions if we start easing off.

"Rouhani has been successful in attempting to deceive the West into making concessions while buying time to further Tehran's nuclear ambitions, but now with the thousands of advanced centrifuges spinning they have become more efficient and need less time to achieve full breakout. The Administration must not be fooled by the Rouhani ruse; one mistake from us is all Iran needs to get a bomb."

NOTE: Ros-Lehtinen was the author of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act in the last Congress, which passed overwhelmingly in both the House and Senate on August 1, 2012, and was signed into law on August 10, 2012.

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