Inhofe Votes to Increase Sanctions on Iran, Russia, North Korea

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) today applauded Senate passage of H.R. 3364, the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act. The measure passed the Senate 98–2 and now goes to President Trump’s desk for his signature. 

“Just this week, U.S. intelligence confirmed North Korea will be capable of launching a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) before the end of next year,” Inhofe said. “Already, North Korea has successfully tested an ICBM that can reach Alaska, and possibly the continental United States. This confirms what I have heard time and time again from U.S. military leaders: North Korea represents the most imminent threat to the people of the United States. These sanctions send a clear message to North Korea that we will not accept North Korea’s dangerous provocations. Further, this measure punishes Iran and Russia, who continue to undermine our interests, whether through supporting terrorism in the Middle East or attempting to interfere with our democracy. This measure makes clear that Iran, North Korea and Russia will always be held accountable for their malicious actions. 

“Under President Trump, the United States is no longer leading from behind,” Inhofe continued. “We are beginning to rebuild our hollow force by improving our readiness and boosting troop levels. I will continue to work with the president to ensure that we are trusted by our allies and feared by our enemies. This sanctions package is yet another step in that direction.” 

Details of the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act

Iran

  • Imposes sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile or weapons of mass destruction program, the sale or transfer of military equipment or financial assistance to Iran and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.
  • Allows the president to impose sanctions on individuals who violate human rights in Iran.

Russia

  • Sanctions Russia for activities concerning cybersecurity, financial institutions, corruption, human rights abuses, evading sanctions, transactions with Russian defense or intelligence, export pipelines, government officials privatizing state-owned assets, and arms transfers to Syria.
  • Directs Department of State to work with Ukrainian government to increase Ukraine’s energy security.
  • Requires Congressional review prior to the president’s termination of sanctions against Russia.

North Korea

  • Increases the president’s ability to impose sanctions on individuals violating U.N. Security Council resolutions against North Korea.
  • Prohibits U.S. financial institutions from indirectly providing financial services to North Korea and foreign governments providing North Korea weapons from receiving U.S. foreign assistance.
  • Sanctions North Korean cargo and shipping.
  • Directs the State Department to submit a determination on whether North Korea criteria for designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.