Leader Cantor Statement On President Obama's U.N. Speech & Iran
September 24, 2013
Contact: Doug Heye, Megan Whittemore

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s speech at the United Nations:

"Contrary to President Obama’s comments, the world is not more stable than it was five years ago.

"The world needs American leadership and an honest assessment of the challenges we face. Perhaps the most urgent challenge is the need to confront Iran for its aggressive pursuit of nuclear weapons, flagrant violations of international law, embrace of radical terrorism and blind support for Assad's brutal assault on the Syrian people. We should test the new Iranian President, but also be realistic that neither Iran's real leaders — the Supreme Leader, clerical elite and security apparatus — nor their policies have changed since President Rouhani took office.

"Iran must come into compliance with the repeated demands of the U.N. Security Council and negotiate the verifiable abandonment of its nuclear weapons program, or face even greater pressure, including the real threat of military force. Congress will not be not fooled by President Rouhani's empty gestures. We will welcome real change in Iran's behavior if it comes – and we will be prepared if it does not."