Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued this statement following the latest developments in Iran negotiations.  New reports indicate that the agreement is set to offer Tehran high-tech reactors and convert Iran’s underground facility at Fordo for isotope production.  Also, in a recent speech, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ruled out inspections of military sites and a long-term freeze of nuclear activities, while demanding that sanctions be lifted immediately.

Chairman Royce said:  “The Obama Administration is dropping its bottom-line by the day.  This morning it’s reported that Fordo will be used for isotope production.  While we once demanded that this hardened mountain-top facility be shut, we are now on the verge of accepting technology there that can quickly be re-engineered for bomb-making fuel.

“These continued concessions only emboldened Iran’s leaders to press for more.  So much so that yesterday, Iran’s Supreme Leader essentially tore up the weak ‘framework’ agreement reached in April.  No inspections on Iran’s military sites?  Immediate sanctions relief?  How come we are not reading about any concessions on the Iranian side?  The way these negotiations are moving, it is increasingly difficult to see the Administration striking a meaningful, lasting agreement that would be acceptable to Congress.”