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Roskam applauds sanctions on Iran, introduces anti-Islamic Republic bill



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WHEATON – Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) fought former President Obama's efforts to please Iranian officials and Chicago-headquartered Boeing's efforts to sell aircraft to the regime that harbors and nurtures terrorists.  

Friday, Roskam's tone changed as he expressed support for President Trump's announced sanction on Iran and earlier in the week he introduced legislation reacting to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' "illicit activities."

“It’s refreshing to see a White House willing to stand up to the Islamic Republic’s illicit activities and belligerent behavior," Roskam said in a statement. "Today’s sanctions, related to Iran’s support for terrorism and illegal ballistic missile program, should make it clear to the Mullahs they must act like a responsible member of the community of nations if they want to be treated like one. Now is not the time for companies to expand business with the Iranian Regime.”

Wednesday, Roskam, Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), and Doug Lamborn (R-CO) introduced the Iran Nonnuclear Sanctions Act of 2017 to target the Islamic Republic’s support for terrorism, human rights abuses, and ballistic missile program. The lawmakers serve as Co-Chairs of the House Republican Israel Caucus.

This legislation incorporates aspects of the QASSAM Act, authored by Rep. Roskam during the last Congress to push back against the illicit activities of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

“Iran has made a mockery of the international community with its missile program, support for terrorism, and human rights abuses," Roskam said about the proposed bill.

"Just this past weekend, the Islamic Republic conducted a ballistic missile test in violation of the U.N. Security Council. The United States will no longer stand idly by and allow the Mullahs to flout international law and threaten the peaceful coexistence of nations with its reckless, belligerent behavior.”


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