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Extending Interim Nuclear Agreement is Win-Win for Tehran and Congress Must Reply with Increased Sanctions, Says Ros-Lehtinen


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement regarding the Administration's announcement that the nuclear negotiations with Iran will be extended for 4 months. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

"News that the Administration and the P5+1 have extended the interim nuclear agreement with Iran for an additional 4 months illustrates that Iran is not committed to dismantling its nuclear program. Time and again, the Administration and the international community fall for Tehran's time wasting tactics and its deception as it inches closer to a bomb. Rouhani has already bragged about how he fooled the West and bought more time for Iran to advance its nuclear program, and this is just another one of his deceptive schemes.

"Had the President come to Congress before making this decision, he would have received an emphatic no, and we would have moved forward on additional sanctions. So instead, he opted to yet again do an end around on Congress and act unilaterally to extend the agreement and continue with the easement of sanctions -- which has already given the Iranian regime billions of dollars of economic relief.

"Since the JPOA was implemented, Iran has continued producing heavy water necessary for weapons-grade plutonium at Arak, has not provided access to Parchin for the IAEA inspectors, has been caught sending rockets to Hamas in Gaza, has said that it is on target to complete its ballistic missile capability by 2015, and has sent oil to help the murderous regime in Syria. Congress must do what the Administration refuses to do; we must implement sanctions and prevent Iran from having the ability and the infrastructure to enrich uranium and get the bomb."

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