Ros-Lehtinen Presses Clinton for Action on Iran
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made the following comments onIran this morning at a hearing with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“The recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report raised concerns ‘about the possible existence in Iran of …undisclosed activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile.’
“Then, today’s news reports have some Russian officials refuting claims Iran could be pursuing nuclear weapons, while emphasizing Russia’s commitment to delivering advanced air defense missiles to Iran.
“Some European officials are also quoted suggesting sanctions should come much later. And investments in Iran continue.
“Madam Secretary, successive U.S. Administrations, under the guise of seeking multilateral consensus, have taken no action under the Iran Sanctions Act. And the Iranian threat keeps growing.
“When are companies like Royal Dutch Shell, France’s TOTAL, Russia’s Gazprom, and Spain’s Repsol going to be held accountable?
“When will we take action to address the almost $3 billion in investments by China’s Sinopec?
“When will we leverage the Iran Sanctions Act for concrete cooperation from our allies in cutting off the Iranian regime?
“Also, I have a letter for you concerning serious failures by the Department in providing timely information and reports under the Iran, North Korea, SyriaNonproliferation Act. I would ask for you assistance in addressing this matter. The Department must comply with its obligations under the law to keep Congress informed on the proliferation activities of these rogue regimes.”