Zeldin Denounces Obama's Threat To Veto Iran Sanctions
By Alexa Gorman Jan 18, 2015 9:33 AM
Congressman Lee Zeldin issued a statement Saturday denouncing President Barack Obama's threat to veto bipartisan legislation that would impose sanctions on Iran.
"I strongly disagree with the President's continuing effort to win over the Iranian government through acts of kindness," Congressman Zeldin, a Republican who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, said in the release. "It's a strategy divorced from the reality that the Iranians do not respect weakness, only strength."
The legislation, backed by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress, would place heavy sanctions on Iran because of the country's nuclear policies.
Negotiations between diplomats from the United States and Iran are ongoing, and President Obama issued a warning to Congress last week during a press conference, telling them to "hold your fire," on any legislation to increase sanctions.
The President continued to say that any legislation placed on his desk would be vetoed immediately.
Meanwhile, Congressman Zeldin said that going without sanctions could prove to be a dangerous choice.
"Providing Iran with relief from sanctions is a serious mistake and I strongly urge the President to reconsider," Mr. Zeldin said. "Iran poses a serious national security threat to America, Israel, and many of our allies."
This week, the Congressman was also appointed to serve on two House Foreign Affairs subcommittees: the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade.