Apr 10 2015
Contact: Kevin Bishop (864) 250-1417 or Lorcan Connick (202) 224-5972
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement regarding Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s accusations the Obama Administration is lying about the negotiated framework for a nuclear deal.
Graham is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“The Ayatollah and President Obama appear to be talking about two separate agreements and unfortunately, I can’t say I’m surprised. President Obama wants a deal way too badly, and his Administration has been trying to sell a deal which may not actually exist.
“The Ayatollah should be told – in no uncertain terms – that should we come to an actual agreement between both parties, sanctions relief will not be immediate. Any realistic agreement must preclude sanctions relief from being granted until Iran proves it has ended its military nuclear program.
“Finally, I will never support an agreement with Iran that does not allow for snap inspections – anytime and anywhere. The ‘anytime-anywhere’ inspection should be a given in light of Iran’s history of cheating, and it would be incredibly dangerous not to require Iran to abide by an ‘anytime-anywhere’ inspections regime.”