Kustoff Statement on Trump Administration’s New Sanctions Against Iran
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative David Kustoff (TN-08) today released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s announcement of new sanctions against Iran and all entities supporting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Today’s announcement coincides with the Administration’s recertification of Iran’s technical compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 agreement on oversight of Iran’s nuclear program. According to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, this certification from the president is required every 90 days.
“Make no mistake; Iran is still the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and continues to be one of the most dangerous threats to our interests and to stability in the Middle East,” said Kustoff. “The additional sanctions announced today are an important step in the process of holding Iran accountable, and the Trump Administration has proven their commitment to addressing the problem in a deliberate and efficient manner.
“With regards to recertification of compliance – If Iran has not violated the nuclear agreement, it is because the JCPOA is deeply flawed, as it was poorly negotiated by the Obama Administration. This agreement does not adequately deter Iran’s missile development or unacceptable aggressive behavior.
“Congress and the Trump Administration are in full agreement that we must hold Iran accountable for their malign actions and reinforce efforts to prevent the Regime from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
In March, Kustoff cosponsored The Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 1698), bipartisan legislation introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY). The bill targets those involved in Iran’s missile development – including foreign companies and banks.
Kustoff is also a member of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, which continually examines the effectiveness of current non-nuclear sanctions against Iran.