Duncan Statement on Obama Administration Meeting Iranian Leaders

September 25, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee, issued this statement on the Obama Administration’s planned meeting with Iranian leaders:

“Plans for Secretary Kerry and other State Department officials to meet this week with Iranian officials are extremely disturbing. Iran is still a state sponsor of terrorism, its nuclear program continues, and its vitriolic statements against Israel have not halted with its change of leadership. Given Iran’s part in the 1994 AMIA bombings in Argentina, the 2007 plot to attack New York’s JFK airport, and the 2011 attempted assassination in Washington, DC, Iran has made its intentions clear.  The Administration’s overtures send a disheartening signal to Israel and our allies in the Western Hemisphere facing Iran’s hostile activity.  This meeting follows the State Department’s assessment this summer that Iran’s presence in our hemisphere is ‘waning’ despite ample evidence to the contrary. Experts during our July Subcommittee hearing identified subversive Iranian infiltration within our region, cooperation with drug cartels, and exploitation of free trade zones and loose border security. The Administration should not blindly ignore Iran’s history of terror.  I strongly urge the Administration to coordinate closely with our allies on its strategy for Iran before starting down such a perilous path.”

Note: For more information on Congressman Duncan’s actions on this issue, please see his statement on the July 9 Oversight Subcommittee hearing on the Iranian Threat to the Homeland, his August 1 letter to Secretary Kerry on Iran’s activity in the Western Hemisphere, the State Department’s Sept. 5 letter response, and Congressman Duncan’s statement regarding the Department of State’s obstruction of Congressional oversight.