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Rep. Lee Zeldin Urges President to Reconsider Veto Threat on Iran Sanctions

January 17, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C-NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, issued the following statement today following President Obama’s threat to veto bipartisan legislation to impose sanctions on Iran:

“I strongly disagree with the President's continuing effort to win over the Iranian government through acts of kindness. It's a strategy divorced from the reality that the Iranians do not respect weakness, only strength. When you announce a deal and the Iranian government immediately refutes the terms of that 'agreement' than there was no deal in the first place.

The President is getting played by the Iranians, which means our entire nation is getting played. The Iranian government has made the strategic decision to continue to pursue nuclear capability and by engaging in talks with the President and his administration, are reaping billions of dollars in economic benefits by securing itself relief from sanctions.

We should not be so naive and we shouldn't be removing sanctions. We should actually be increasing sanctions.

President Obama has already threatened to veto a plan from Congress to issue sanctions on Iran, despite bipartisan support for such a proposal. Providing Iran with relief from sanctions is a serious mistake and I strongly urge the President to reconsider.

Iran poses a serious national security threat to America, Israel, and many of our allies.

I will continue to stand strong on the passage of these sanctions, fighting in Congress to secure America's interests abroad."

This week, Congressman Zeldin was appointed to serve on two important House Foreign Affairs subcommittees: the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade.