“What meaningful steps will the Administration take to respond to the latest Iranian provocations?”
NEWARK, N.J. – Following the October 11, 2015 Iranian ballistic missile launch, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recommending the Obama Administration tighten discretionary, non-nuclear sanctions on Iran for violating United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1929 and support efforts to extend the sanctions provisions in the Iran Sanctions Act – which are set to expire in 2016 – to allow for a snapback mechanism for the Iran nuclear agreement.
Menendez wrote: “The Iranian regime is drawing a line in the sand that demonstrates with malice that it will only selectively meet its obligations with respect to internationally sanctioned weapons programs… I write to recommend to you that you use the Administration’s discretionary authority to tighten the full range of sanctions available to you to penalize Iran for violating UNSCR 1929.”
Administration officials have previously testified that tightening sanctions for non-nuclear related infractions would not violate the terms of the Administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran.
Menendez urged the Administration to “respond swiftly, decisively, and unapologetically.”