WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) today released the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s decision to extend negotiation deadlines with Iran over its nuclear program:
“While it is better to continue negotiations than to capitulate to a bad deal, I can’t help but believe these ongoing extensions are nothing more than delay tactics by a regime that has no desire to abandon its nuclear ambitions. If the Iranian regime can continue to get sanction relief with no end in sight and no effort on its part, then this is the fruitless endeavor we predicted it to be at the onset. We must ensure that the Iranians are negotiating in good faith and in order to do that, all options must be on the table, including tough sanctions that make the regime listen,” Boozman said.
Boozman was one of 43 senators who wrote to President Obama last week documenting their concerns that the administration is pursuing a weaker deal with Iran that will allow the country to continue its illicit nuclear program and urged the President to insist that Iran meet the requirements that Congress and members of his administration have previously outlined.
Boozman also supports legislation introduced by Senator Bob Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the Iran Nuclear Compliance Act of 2013. This bill ensures that Iran is in full compliance with the interim agreement and sets further specific requirements that must be met by the regime before any final agreement is reached and additional sanctions waived. It also reinstates all current sanctions if the interim agreement is violated.