WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today calling for the adoption of a resolution censuring Iran for its insufficient cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at this week’s meeting of the agency’s Board of Governors:
“As the Iranian regime continues to push the limit and enrich nuclear material to record levels approaching the 90 percent threshold for a nuclear weapon, the international community must respond. The regime’s excuses that these steps were accidental ring hollow and the international community must treat these for what they were: intentional. Likewise, Tehran’s agreement this weekend to increase IAEA monitoring at nuclear facilities falls well short of addressing these provocative steps.
“The United States and our European allies must use this week’s UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors meetings to speak with a single, unified voice that makes clear to Tehran that this boiling frog approach toward becoming a threshold nuclear state will not work. Anything short of a censure signals to the Iranian regime that it will face no punishment for the dangerous advancement of its nuclear activities.”