While some members of Congress remain focused on Israel, Rep. Jerry Moran declared his support for increased sanctions on Iran in response to the country’s unwillingness to suspend its nuclear program.
“The passage of a U.N. Security Council resolution to sanction Iran for its illegal nuclear program is a good step, but more needs to be done,” Moran said. “During the time it took to get an agreement on this resolution, Iran almost doubled its stock of low-enriched uranium and made advancements in its nuclear program. Time is running out. Congress needs to supplement U.N. sanctions with our own strong and comprehensive sanctions in order to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. The President also needs to use existing authority from previous sanctions to put added pressure on Iran.”
A recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has produced enough fuel to make two atomic weapons. This week’s sanctions resolution is the fourth approved by the Security Council since 2006.
Moran is a sponsor of H.R. 2194, the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act which targets Iran’s dependence on foreign sources of refined petroleum by sanctioning companies that provide Iran with these resources. The Senate has also authored its own legislation that also targets companies that conduct business with Iran. Congress leaders have been working since spring to resolve differences in the two pieces of legislation.