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Ind. Senators Joe Donnelly Todd Young introduce bill to hold Iran accountable

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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.”

“Iran’s ballistic 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.”

“Iran--the world’s 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.

The Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 would do the following:

* Impose mandatory sanctions on persons involved with Iran’s ballistic missile program and those that transact with them.

* Apply sanctions to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and codify individuals who are currently sanctioned due to Iranian support for terrorism.

* 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.”



Posted 3/24/2017


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Posted 3/24/2017


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