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House Passage of Additional Iran Sanctions Necessary

Posted by JCPA  

12:09 PM Dec 16, 2009

WASHINGTON – Iran’s most recent test of a long-range missile, which it says is capable of reaching Israel, is no coincidence following U.S. House passage of legislation approving additional sanctions aimed at thwarting Iran’s nuclear weapons program, says a leading Jewish advocacy organization.

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, which amends the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) of 1996 to provide additional U.S. sanctions against Iran.  Specifically, this legislation would allow President Obama to impose sanctions against foreign companies that supply Iran with or support its domestic production of gasoline and other refined petroleum products.

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and its Israel Advocacy Initiative (IAI), a joint project of The Jewish Federations of North America and JCPA, hailed House passage of this legislation and encouraged the U.S. Senate to quickly follow suit.

“Iran’s latest missile test should be no surprise following this week’s vote in Congress to authorize additional sanctions against foreign companies that continue to provide Iran with the materials it needs to create nuclear weapons,” said Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.  “Iran’s nuclear ambitions are a threat not only to Israel, but to the entire Middle East region, and the United States and her allies.  Despite five U.N. resolutions condemning Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, its government continues to defy the international community.  We applaud Chairman Berman and his House colleagues for their continued efforts to pressure Iran and encourage the Senate to approve the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act quickly so that President Obama can have all of the available tools necessary to bring this situation to a peaceful resolution.”

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act by a bipartisan vote of 412-12.

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