If True That Syria Possess Nuclear Materials, Obama Administration & The International Community Must Make Efforts To Ensure Their Security, Ros-Lehtinen Says

Jan 14, 2013 Issues: Foreign Affairs


Washington, DC – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), former Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, now serving as Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement amid reports of the recent use of ballistic missiles inside Syria and reports that the Syrian regime has up to 50 tons of weapons-grade nuclear materials in its stockpile. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“The situation in Syria continues to deteriorate and raise security alarms as yet another ballistic missile was used inside the country and reports indicate that up to 50 tons of enriched uranium may have been stockpiled by the Assad regime and could find their way into the hands of extremist groups that are present in the region. If these reports are true, it should be of paramount importance for the U.S. and responsible nations to work to ensure this nuclear material is secured.

“An emergency meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency must be held to discuss the Syria case and for Assad to grant IAEA inspectors immediate access to all nuclear facilities and stockpiles so that they may be protected and sealed. Refusal by Assad must be met with immediate, comprehensive, and painful sanctions by the U.S., European Union, and the UN Security Council.  Russia and China must stop giving the Assad regime a pass and act responsibly.

“The Obama Administration and other countries that comprise the Friends of Syria group must also require Syria’s opposition groups to publicly and formally commit to, in a post-Assad era, dismantle Syria’s nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programs and turn over existing materials to international inspectors. Failure to make this commitment must be taken into consideration when determining continuing support for the opposition forces.”