Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this evening after the Obama Administration announced the extension of Iran nuclear talks:
"Today’s agreement to keep negotiating an end to Iran's nuclear weapons program will permit the Administration to continue its two-track approach to dismantling Iran's nuclear weapons capability and ensuring robust and aggressive verification of any agreement. It should remain absolutely clear that any agreement that fails to prevent Iran from developing or acquiring a nuclear weapons capability will be unacceptable.
“It is important to remember that it was our tough sanctions regime that brought Iran to the negotiating table. Should a deal not be reached by November 24, Congress ought to stand ready to send President Obama legislation authorizing further sanctions. I will continue to monitor developments closely and work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to send a clear message that we expect Iran to dismantle its nuclear weapons infrastructure.”