Ros-Lehtinen Calls Latest Iran Nuclear Extension an Example of Administration’s Naiveté, Egregious Failure to Secure U.S. National Security Interests

Nov 24, 2014

Ros-Lehtinen Calls Latest Iran Nuclear Extension an Example of Administration’s Naiveté, Egregious Failure to Secure U.S. National Security Interests

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement today after the announcement that the P5+1 and Iran have agreed to extend the nuclear deadline past the November 24, 2014 deadline. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“The latest nuclear extension by the P5+1 defies logic because it illustrates that Iran is not serious about completely abandoning its nuclear program and only cares about gaining more access to funds to continue all of its nefarious activities.  This is just a stalling tactic by the Iranian regime, and the Obama Administration and P5+1 have fallen for it hook, line and sinker.

There is no justification for offering an extension to the regime, in exchange for the status quo from Iran and its promise to continue with the negotiations. The regime never had any intention of reaching an agreement, and Rouhani has again bought Iran the time, and more importantly, the sanctions relief it needs, to improve its economy and advance its nuclear program. This extension is nothing but folly, and the Administration has failed to understand that the objective is to prevent Iran from ever acquiring a nuclear weapon and to dismantle and destroy its nuclear infrastructure, not simply pushing back its breakout time.

“The Obama administration should realize that the Iranians are not serious about these talks and should abandon the negotiations and with the Republicans in control of both the House and Senate come January, it’s time that we roll up our sleeves and get to work to pass new sanctions on the Iranian regime.