Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Roskam: Time to End Nonsensical Nuclear Talks with Iran

Nov 24, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC–Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on the Obama administration’s decision to extend nuclear talks with Iran until July:

“Over the past year, the Administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran have proved a complete failure. Iran’s economy is steadily rebounding thanks to billions in economic sanctions relief, as investors and companies worldwide prepare to reenter the Iranian market. Meanwhile, Iran’s nuclear program is moving forward undeterred as its centrifuges continue to spin and international inspectors are still routinely denied access to its most critical nuclear and military facilities. Extending these ill-conceived negotiations will only buy the mullahs more time to develop a nuclear weapons capability. We must redouble our commitment to stopping—not containing—Iran’s dangerous quest for nuclear weapons. This vanity project is a desperate attempt by President Obama to find a foreign policy legacy, but it runs a tremendous risk to the United States and the world. It’s time we stop this nonsensical process and reinstate the crippling economic sanctions that brought the radical Iranian regime to the negotiating table in the first place.”

Roskam, who co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus, has been an outspoken critic of the Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran. In December 2013, he led a bipartisan special order on the House floor warning President Obama not to relax sanctions on Iran, and in July 2014 he criticized the Administration’s decision to extend talks until the most recent November deadline.