Sarbanes Statement Regarding Recent Vote in Iranian Parliament
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement after the Iranian parliament voted to bar U.N. inspectors from accessing the country’s military sites and speaking with its scientists:
“I am deeply troubled by the recent vote in the Iranian parliament to prohibit any access to military sites and scientists by U.N. inspectors. Iran’s Supreme Leader has recently made equally alarming statements regarding access and verification and has also insisted that Iran be freed from sanctions on the front end of any agreement rather than based on meeting various compliance benchmarks.
“Entering the final round of negotiations regarding Iran’s nuclear activities, it would be a mistake for the Administration to dismiss these developments as mere rhetoric. Unfettered inspections and verification are the only means by which the United States can have confidence in Iran’s compliance with other elements of a final agreement. I urge the Administration to be steadfast in its push for an effective, sustainable and verifiable agreement that will block Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon.”