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Following a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing to examine the status of nuclear negotiations with Iran. Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) issued the following statement:
“I’m gravely concerned about the administration’s proposal to lift sanctions without receiving any significant concessions from the Iranian regime. Weakening sanctions on Iran while it continues to pursue nuclear weapons is exactly the wrong approach to take. Existing sanctions are the only reason that Iran has even come to the table to negotiate, and loosening them just as they are beginning to work would only encourage Iran to continue its pursuit of nuclear weapons. History has shown that appeasing aggressors and trading concrete concessions for a dictator’s promise is dangerous. As we’ve seen with North Korea, lifting sanctions without verifiable and irreversible nuclear disarmament will do nothing to prevent the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism from pursuing the world’s most dangerous weapons.
“Less than a month ago, we remembered the 241 American servicemen killed in a terrorist attack by Hezbollah, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s most dangerous terrorist proxy. President Rouhani was a senior Iranian Defense official at the time of the bombing and since then has helped lead some of the regime’s most brutal crackdowns on student activists. Rather than relaxing sanctions on this dangerous man and the terrorist regime he represents, it’s time for the Senate to join the House in tightening sanctions by passing H.R. 850, the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013. Senate passage of this bill, which had overwhelming bipartisan support in the House, would tighten existing sanctions and send a strong message that the United States will never accept a nuclear Iran. If the administration insists on lifting sanctions for reversible and largely cosmetic Iranian concessions, the United States will be left with only two options: accept a nuclear-armed Iran or take the United States into another war in the Middle East.”
Cook's office says committee members expressed "serious concerns" about the Obama administration’s proposed nuclear weapons deal with Iran and raised "serious objections" to any proposal to lift the sanctions imposed on Iran.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee instead called for the Senate to join the House of Representatives in tightening sanctions by passing H.R. 850, the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act.