Senator David Perdue Cosponsors Legislation To Punish Iranian Belligerence

“We cannot afford to give this rogue regime the benefit of the doubt.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and vocal opponent of President Obama’s dangerous nuclear deal with Iran, recently introduced legislation to impose new sanctions to punish Iran for its belligerent actions and multiple ballistic missile violations.

“Since the signing of President Obama’s nuclear deal, Iran has test-launched four ballistic missiles with the most recent displaying ‘death to Israel’ in Hebrew. Iran has violated international law by arresting U.S. Navy sailors and in an effort to humiliate them, released video of the sailors held at gunpoint. Further, Iran is spending money it received from U.S. sanctions relief in support of Assad in Syria and purchasing millions in dollars of weapons for Hezbollah and Hamas.

“When you look at the facts, the world is worse off since President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. In an attempt to defend this bad deal, Secretary Kerry has said, ‘Iran deserves the benefits of the agreement that they struck.’ We cannot afford to give this rogue regime the benefit of the doubt. Iran refuses to be an honest actor and halt its bad behavior. Our policies must change to reflect reality.”

Senator Perdue cosponsored both the Iran Terrorism and Human Rights Sanctions Act of 2016 and the Iran Ballistic Missile Sanctions Act of 2016 to impose new sanctions on Iran for their continued support of terrorism and violation of international obligations relating to ballistic missile activity, as well as to codify the current prohibition against Iran’s direct and indirect access to the U.S. financial system.

In January, before President Obama implemented his nuclear deal with Iran, Senator Perdue sent the Obama Administration a letter condemning Iran’s blatant disregard for its international obligations and recommended tangible consequences for Iran’s illicit behavior. Additionally in the letter, Senator Perdue asked the Obama Administration to outline a clear roadmap for how it intends to punish Iran for any potential violations of the deal in the future.