AIPAC: Senate Joins House in Passing Iran Sanctions Extension Act

By | December 2, 2016
epa03293474 The upgrade version of medium range missile Shahab-1, is launched during the second day of military exercises, codenamed Great Prophet, by Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards at the Lut desert in southeastern Iran, 03 July 2012. Report said that on the second day of a military manoeuvre in the Lut desert in southeastern Iran, several missiles were successfully tested, without giving further details.  The IRGC plans to test all of its short-, medium- and long-range missiles in the ongoing manoeuvre which took place one day after the European Union's latest oil sanctions against Tehran went into effect.  EPA/Mojtaba Heydari

The upgrade version of medium range missile Shahab-1, is launched from Iran.

By Herb Brandon
Israel News Agency

Washington — December 2, 2016 … The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) states that it applauds the U.S. Senate for unanimously passing the Iran Sanctions Extension Act today.

The House previously adopted this critical measure on November 15.

AIPAC says that when enacted into law: “it would preserve the basic architecture of U.S. sanctions on Iran’s dangerous nuclear program and other problematic activities, including support of terrorism, illegal arms trade and illicit ballistic missile program.”

First passed by Congress in 1996, the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) is set to expire on December 31 unless this extension becomes law. Congress’ decisive action signals American determination to enforce the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran and re-impose currently waived sanctions if Iran violates the deal.

“Unfortunately, Tehran has only stepped up its malign behavior since the JCPOA was implemented in January,” AIPAC said in a statement released online.

“Iran has harassed American military forces, procured prohibited technology, tested nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, and stoked regional conflicts. The United States must push back against Iran’s behavior, and respond to violations of the JCPOA, U.S. law or United Nations Security Council resolutions with certain, swift and severe penalties.”

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