The House voted Thursday to impose new sanctions on entities that help supply Iran’s ballistic missile program.
The bill sailed through the House with the help of 323 cosponsors. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., wrote the bill as a way to pressure an aspect of the regime’s military program that has long troubled western officials but was not addressed directly by the nuclear deal negotiated by former President Barack Obama’s team.
“America will not be weak any longer,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Wednesday when the bill was being debated. He said the bill would undermine Iran’s ballistic missile program, as well as “the terrorist warriors of Hezbollah whose pockets are filled with Iranian money just as their hands are covered with American blood. This is an important part of our nation’s new Iran strategy.”
Iran’s ballistic missile program is a crucial factor in President Trump’s recent formal denunciation of the nuclear deal. His team, along with allies in Congress, hope that the threat of renewed sanctions will induce Iran to agree to new restrictions on the missile program. Iranian leaders have stressed that they will never agree to such terms.
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