Chairman Royce Comments as Former Obama Advisors Warn of Troubling Iran Agreement Nearing

Jun 25, 2015

‘When your close associates are speaking out, you know you’re on the wrong track,’ says Chairman of House Foreign Affairs

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued this statement following the release of an open letter from several former prominent Obama Administration advisors.  The letter warns that the agreement now being negotiated “may fall short of meeting the administration’s own standard of a ‘good’ agreement.”

Chairman Royce said:  “As Secretary Kerry gets set to travel to Europe to rejoin international talks on Iran’s nuclear program, he needs to carry the open letter from some of the President’s former top officials for Iran policy.  Even those who helped set the stage for these negotiations are troubled at their direction.  Among several concerns, these former officials are insisting that the Administration secure more robust inspections, get more clarity on Iran’s past bomb work, and crimp Iran’s ability to advance its centrifuge technology.  So concerned about the Administration’s diplomacy, these respected individuals went public.  When your close associates are speaking out, you know you’re on the wrong track.  Secretary Kerry needs to take this letter to the negotiating table – and not come back with a bad deal.”