Statement of Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney on Nuclear Deal Among Iran, Turkey, and Brazil

May 27, 2010
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement:

“I am deeply concerned that the agreement reached among Iran, Turkey, and Brazil, calling for 1,200 kg of Iran's low-enriched uranium to be exported to Turkey for further enrichment, is simply window-dressing to allow Iran to evade sanctions.  I note that reports suggest that this still  leaves Iran with enough enriched uranium to make a bomb and that Iran can produce 3 kgs of low-enriched uranium per day.  Iran has a  consistent record of reneging on similar international commitments, and it appears to be determined to acquire nuclear weapons, regardless of international condemnation and pressure.  I am particularly troubled by the fact that this deal permits Iran to continue enriching uranium to 20%, a direct violation of United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions and a clear sign that Iran intends to continue to enhance its nuclear capabilities.  Nuclear weapons would enhance Iran’s power in the Middle East and would set off a scramble among other nations seeking to restore the balance by acquiring similar capabilities.  “This deal should not be used as an excuse to derail UN sanctions from moving forward.  The United States should use every tool available to stop Iran from getting the bomb.  I applaud the Obama Administration for its perseverance in pursuing efforts to unite the international community in support of sanctions, and I am pleased that, on May 18th, even after this deal was announced, China and Russia indicated their support for sanctions.  I hope they will maintain this position and will vote for stronger sanctions.  Iran has shown a consistent unwillingness to take meaningful steps to back down from its nuclear ambitions.  In my view nothing short of full compliance with UN Security Council resolutions and cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency is acceptable.

I hope that the Administration will be able to pass a tough round of multilateral sanctions at the United Nations within the next few weeks.   Congressional leadership is expecting to pass a strong, targeted Iran sanctions bill, and I will join my colleagues in voting to send it to President Obama’s desk.”