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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmed that it would seek new sanctions against Iran for terrorism, human rights abuses and illegal weapon sales and would put the bill to a vote before the end of May.

Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) told Politico on Monday. “The ranking member (Ben Cardin, D-Maryland) and I are in strong agreement on a pathway forward, and that's what we're going to do. We're going to do an Iran sanctions bill. It'll be done toward the end of this work period.”

The bill, which unlike many bills in Congress enjoys bipartisan support, would expand financial penalties against the Iranian Regime and its associated companies for the development and use of ballistic weapons, support for terrorism, human rights violations and the illegal transfer of weapons.

Since January 20, when Trump took office, the Iranian Regime has violated all of these.

In January, February and March, Iran launched ballistic missiles. Two launches took place in the middle of Iran’s desert, while the third was at sea, from the Strait of Hormuz.

In February, the Iranian Resistance, who previously revealed Iran’s nuclear weapons programme in 2002, exposed the Regime’s terror training camps which took militants from all around the world and provided training in combat fighting, bomb making, and subversion tactics which are used to bring more people to the side of the terrorists.

And right now, in the Iranian Presidential Race, the Regime is running two candidates who have signed the death warrants of thousands of human rights advocates and political opponents. That is the starkest show that Iran does not care about human rights.

With regards to sanctions on Russia for its influence in the 2016 Russian elections, Corker said that he would wait for the results of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation, which is currently ongoing.

He confirmed that they would work on legislation to hinder Russia’s recent behaviour in Europe, which included increasing its troops on the borders of NATO countries and accusations of Russian hackers attempting to influence European elections. 

Some senators have expressed that they would amend an Iran sanctions bill to add in Russian sanctions but this could threaten the stability of the Iran sanctions.

In December, the Senate voted unanimously to extend sanctions against Iran for another ten years, after the bill passed (also unanimously) through the House of Representatives in November. This bill was signed into law by President Obama before he left office.

 

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