In Response to Iranian Missile Tests, Obama Must Show Resolve and Sanction Iran Immediately, Says Ros-Lehtinen

Mar 9, 2016

In Response to Iranian Missile Tests, Obama Must Show Resolve and Sanction Iran Immediately, Says Ros-Lehtinen

“Iran continues to test President Obama’s resolve to see whether he will hold the regime accountable for its provocations and if the President fails to respond forcefully, he risks setting another dangerous precedent that will undoubtedly embolden Tehran further.”

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement today regarding Iran’s latest ballistic missile tests. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“It should be self-evident by now that Iran has hoodwinked the Obama administration and feels it can operate with impunity. Since the weak and dangerous JCPOA agreement was signed, the regime has repeatedly and openly defied the U.S. and the UN Security Council with ballistic missile activity, proving it never had any intention of complying with its international obligations. Iran continues to test President Obama’s resolve to see whether he will hold the regime accountable for its provocations and if the President fails to respond forcefully, he risks setting another dangerous precedent that will undoubtedly embolden Tehran further.

“The fact that Iran opted to fire these missiles with the words ‘Israel should be wiped from the pages of history,’ and during Vice President Biden’s visit to Israel is surely no coincidence. The administration must not continue to be pushed around and allow the security of our ally Israel to be threatened. President Obama must move to immediately enforce the full array of U.S. sanctions against Iran for these violations, reinstitute previous UN sanctions, and he must signal that the U.S. will walk away from the JCPOA if Iran continues to corrupt and twist its parameters. Congress must do its part to ensure the administration enforces our sanctions to the full extent possible while moving aggressively to institute new sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program, human rights violations, and continued support of terrorism.”