WASHINGTON, D.C. ---Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement on U.S.-Iranian nuclear talks:

“It is no coincidence that Iran wants to wheel and deal only after it has felt the pinch of economic sanctions, but reducing sanctions without verifying that Tehran is abandoning, not just freezing, its nuclear weapons program is a misguided and reckless decision. The Iranian regime has shown its willingness to lie to the world in the past, what is different now? Decreasing the one source of leverage we have will only hurt our chances to find a peaceful way to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.”