With Free Pass to China on Sanctions, Administration Weakens Hand Against Iran, Ros-Lehtinen Says
WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement today on the Administration’s announcement that it will not sanction China and Singapore for purchases of Iranian crude oil. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“The Administration likes to pat itself on the back for supposedly being strong on Iran sanctions. But actions speak louder than words, and today the Administration has granted a free pass to Iran’s biggest enabler, China, which purchases more Iranian crude than any other country.
“If the Administration is willing to give China, a country that has aided the Iranian regime’s efforts to acquire nuclear capabilities, a free pass, who is it willing to sanction?
“Congress will once again fill the leadership vacuum created by the Administration, and work to strengthen sanctions against the regime in Tehran.”
NOTE: Ros-Lehtinen is the author of H.R. 1905, the Iran Threat Reduction Act, which strengthens U.S. sanctions against Iran in order to compel Tehran to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons and other threatening activities. The bill overwhelmingly passed the House in December 2011.