Inhofe Supports Trump Administration Sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released a statement in response to the Trump administration’s announcement of new sanctions against Iran.

According to UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR), Iran is not to undertake activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons. While the Iranian government has stated that the ballistic missile test the country carried out earlier this week is not in violation of the UNSCR, it remains that Iran has a history of violating international laws, treaties and UNSCR; additionally, its behavior since signing the Iran deal has been more aggressive and belligerent,” Inhofe said. “The Trump administration has taken appropriate action against the largest state sponsor of terrorism today by issuing sanctions against Iran, especially in light of the latest missile tests. I am glad the current administration is taking a strong stance against Iran so that the United States as well as our friends and allies may remain safe and secure.”

On Friday, Feb. 3 the Trump administration placed sanctions on – according to a Treasure Department release – "multiple entities and individuals involved in procuring technology and/or materials to support Iran's ballistic missile program, as well as for acting for or on behalf of, or providing support to, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force."

Inhofe voted in favor of H.R. 6297, the Iran Sanctions Extension Act, which renewed current non-nuclear sanctions against the Iran for another ten years. The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 99–0, the House of Representatives by a vote of 419–1 and became law on Dec. 15, 2016.

The Iran Sanctions Act, the authority to impose sanctions on Iran, expired on Dec. 31, 2016. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran deal, is an international agreement reached in Vienna on July 14, 2015, between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States) to limit the nuclear program of Iran. Inhofe voted against this agreement on Sept. 10, 2015.