Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran and news reports of a possible agreement:

“Instead of toughening sanctions to get meaningful and lasting concessions, the Obama Administration looks to be settling for interim and reversible steps.  A partial freeze of enrichment, as we’re hearing, is not a freeze.  As called for in U.N. Security Council resolutions, all of Iran’s enrichment – the key bomb-making technology – should be ceased.  We now run the risk of seriously weakening the sanctions structure painstakingly built-up against Iran over years.  Once weakened, it will be harder to ratchet up the economic pressure on Iran than it will be for the Iranians to ratchet up their nuclear program.”