Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement in response to news reports that the P5+1 has delivered a draft resolution to the IAEA Board of Governors to close the investigation into possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program ahead of a vote early next week:

“I sincerely hope this report is false.  The IAEA has confirmed Iran lied about its secret work to build a nuclear weapon, and key questions remain unanswered.  How close did the regime get to assembling a nuclear bomb? What happened to all the materials, research and expertise Iran acquired?

“Just this week, we learned Iran carried out another test on a ballistic missile – the delivery vehicle for a nuclear warhead – in violation of at least two U.N. resolutions.  Rushing to close this investigation into Iran’s past work, with a resolution that Congress and the American people have not seen, will demonstrate to Iran that there are no consequences for its continued obstruction and aggression.

“Vital U.S. national security interests are at risk.  The Obama administration must confront Iran’s dangerous acts and lead our allies and partners in pressing to get the full details about its past nuclear work – not whitewash it.”