Congressman John Delaney

Representing the 6th District of Maryland
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Delaney: Iran’s Ballistic Missile Tests Require a Stern Response

Mar 10, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON- This week, Iran conducted multiple long-range ballistic missiles tests. The State Department has said that while these tests do not violate the JCPOA, they do violate United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231. In the fall of 2015, Iran tested at least two ballistic missiles and built a ballistic missile silo, a violation of UNSC Resolution 1929. The United States responded by placing new sanctions on individuals and companies who worked to advance Iran’s ballistic missile program.

In response to Iran’s ballistic missile tests in the fall and its repeated support of terrorism, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) introduced bipartisan legislation that would widely expand U.S. sanctions to curb Iran’s weapons trade. The bill imposes sanctions on entities that transfer to or from Iran advanced conventional weapons or ballistic missiles, including technology, parts, components, or technical information.

Congressman Delaney released the following statement:

“Iran’s ballistic missile tests this week show the need for stricter sanctions and for hyper vigilance. While these tests are not a direct violation of the JCPOA, we must not let Iran break UN Security Council resolutions without a strong international response. I urge UN Ambassador Samantha Power to bring Iran’s newest violations to the UNSC for immediate action. The international community must show Iran that we will not tolerate this behavior. Additionally, I call on Speaker Ryan to take up my bipartisan bill H.R. 4342, the Iran Ballistic Missile Prevention and Sanctions Act, to stop Iran from acquiring ballistic missile technology and advanced conventional weaponry and exporting them to terrorists in the region.”