Rep. Cook Votes to Expand Sanctions against Iran
WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted today for HR 1698, the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act. This bill, which expands sanctions against Iran for its illicit ballistic missile program, passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly.
H.R. 1698 requires the President to impose sanctions on foreign persons and entities involved with Iran’s ballistic missile program and those who provide or receive conventional weapons from Iran.
According to a 2016 Worldwide Threat Assessment, the U.S. intelligence community suggests, “that Tehran would choose ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons, if it builds them. Iran’s ballistic missiles are inherently capable of delivering [weapons of mass destruction], and Tehran already has the largest inventory of ballistic missiles in the Middle East.”
Iran has conducted tests of ballistic missiles designed with the ability to deliver nuclear weapons and has acquired destabilizing types of conventional weapons.
Specifically, this legislation requires the President:
- To report to Congress on the foreign and domestic supply chain in Iran that supports its ballistic missile program.
- To impose sanctions against: (1) Iranian government agencies involved in ballistic missile development; (2) foreign entities that supply material for, or otherwise facilitate or finance such efforts; (3) foreign persons or foreign government agencies that import, export, or re-export prohibited arms or related material to or from Iran; and (4) foreign persons or entities that transfer goods or technologies contributing to Iran’s ability to acquire or develop ballistic missiles, including launch technology, and destabilizing numbers and types of advanced conventional weapons.
- To investigate potential violations of these sanctions and report to Congress regarding credible information about Iran’s violations of arms restrictions.
Rep. Cook said, “Iran continues to show it’s a dangerous threat the United States and its allies. This legislation requires a thorough investigation into the suppliers of the regime’s weapons programs. Iran is the most serious threat we face in the Middle East, and if we don’t push back now, Iran’s reach, influence, and support for terrorists will plague the world for years to come.”
A member of the House Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.