Iranian negotiators clearly feel emboldened, says Foreign Affairs Chair

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued this statement after reports surfaced that Iran is now pushing for the United Nations’ arms embargo on the country to be completely lifted as part of a final nuclear agreement.  Iran is under a UN arms embargo that seeks to prevent Tehran from aiding and arming its allies and surrogates in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere in the region.

Chairman Royce said: “With tens of billions of sanctions-relief cash likely coming, Iran now wants free reign to arm Hezbollah terrorists, assist Assad in Syria, and aid Houthi rebels in Yemen.  Tehran is seeking to negotiate a license to kill.  The Supreme Leader’s negotiators have clearly been emboldened by the Administration’s concessions across the board.  I can only hope that this is one line that U.S. negotiators aren’t willing to erase.”