U.S. Sens. Joe
Donnelly, D-Ind., and Todd Young, R-Ind., have introduced legislation to
hold Iran “accountable,” by expanding sanctions for Iran’s “ballistic
missile development, support for terrorism, transfers of conventional
weapons to or from Iran, and human rights violations.”
missile program, support for terrorism, and increasingly aggressive behavior
toward U.S. naval vessels in the Persian Gulf cannot go without response,”
Donnelly said in a statement released today. “Now is a critical time for us
to consider this bipartisan legislation and send a strong, united message
that these actions will have consequences in the form of increased sanctions
against the individuals and entities who participate in them. The U.S. must
act decisively, and I hope our international partners will follow our lead.”
worst state sponsor of terrorism--continues to develop ballistic missiles
that represent a serious threat to our forward deployed troops, our allies,
and eventually our homeland, and it’s time for the United States to impose
serious consequences for Tehran’s actions,” Young said.
Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 would do the following:
mandatory sanctions on persons involved with Iran’s ballistic missile
program and those that transact with them.
sanctions to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and codify
individuals who are currently sanctioned due to Iranian support for
Require the president to block the property of any person or entity involved
in specific activities related to the supply, sale, or transfer of
prohibited arms and related material to or from Iran.
Donnelly is a
member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; Young, a member of the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee.
In January, Young
joined Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, to introduce the Iran
Non-nuclear Sanctions Act, a bill which would “impose harsh financial and
economic sanctions to counter the Iranian regime’s growing non-nuclear
provocations, including Iran’s support for international terrorism,
ballistic missile violations, and human rights abuses.”