Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released this statement following tonight’s State of the Union address:

“Much of the Middle East, North Africa and central Asia is in chaos.  The terrorist threat has evolved and spread.  Saying we are more secure, as the President did, doesn’t make it so.

“No one opposes diplomacy with Iran, as the President suggested.  What many in Congress do oppose is the deal he struck that lifts economic sanctions and guarantees that Iran can keep critical and dangerous nuclear technology.  That hardly makes us more secure. 

“The President said his Administration is focused on bringing greater security to Asia, yet he didn’t even mention the North Korean nuclear threat, which his Administration has ignored.”