Senate Joins House in Passing Iran Sanctions Extension Act

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December 1, 2016
Senate Joins House in Passing
Iran Sanctions Extension Act

AIPAC applauds the U.S. Senate for unanimously passing the Iran Sanctions Extension Act today. The House previously adopted this critical measure on Nov. 15. When enacted into law, it would preserve the basic architecture of U.S. sanctions on Iran's dangerous nuclear program and other problematic activities, including support of terrorism, illegal arms trade and illicit ballistic missile program.

First passed by Congress in 1996, the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) is set to expire on Dec. 31 unless this extension becomes law. Congress’ decisive action signals American determination to enforce the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran and re-impose currently waived sanctions if Iran violates the deal.

Unfortunately, Tehran has only stepped up its malign behavior since the JCPOA was implemented in January. Iran has harassed American military forces, procured prohibited technology, tested nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, and stoked regional conflicts. The United States must push back against Iran’s behavior, and respond to violations of the JCPOA, U.S. law or United Nations Security Council resolutions with certain, swift and severe penalties.

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