WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today:
“Today, Iran, Turkey, and Brazil announced an agreement in which a portion of Iran's low-enriched uranium would be exported to Turkey for further enrichment. While on the surface, this deal may appear to be good news, I remain skeptical for a number of reasons. For one, Iran has a consistent record of reneging on similar international commitments. Also, Iran’s announcement that it will continue enriching uranium to 20% is in direct violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and is conspicuous in the context of this deal.
“I believe that we must pursue every tool available to us to stop Iran from getting the bomb, and I applaud the Obama Administration's continued dedication to the diplomatic track. However, Iran has shown a consistent unwillingness to take real, cooperative steps in the face of significant engagement from the United States and the international community. It is hard to believe this deal will be any different. And Iran must be put on notice: no steps short of fully complying with United Nations Security Council resolutions and cooperating with the IAEA are acceptable.
In the face of continued Iranian intransigence and stalling tactics, it is entirely appropriate to act against nuclear proliferation by bringing economic pressure to bear on the Iranian regime. It is my hope that the Administration will be able to pass a tough round of multilateral sanctions in New York within the next few weeks, and it is my expectation that Congress will soon send its own strong, targeted Iran sanctions bill to President Obama’s desk.”