Congressman Michael McCaul

Representing the 10th District of Texas

McCaul Applauds New Sanctions Targeting Iran

Jul 18, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) – Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee – applauded the decision by the Trump Administration to impose new sanctions on individuals and entities helping fuel Iran’s destabilizing activities.

On July 18, 2017, the Trump Administration announced new sanctions on Iran effective immediately to continue to address Iran’s malign and destabilizing activities. These sanctions target entities supporting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Iran’s military procurement, and Iran’s ballistic missile program.  The sanctions will also hold Iran accountable to renewing their compliance with the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). The purpose of the JCPOA agreement is to bring “regional and international peace and security.”

Congressman McCaul: “I applaud the Trump Administration’s reversal of U.S. policy towards Iran to address transgressions the previous administration chose to ignore. I have long stated that any nuclear deal that provides sanctions relief to the regime without addressing its support for terrorism, human rights abuses, and ballistic missile testing is a flawed agreement not worth the paper it is written on. Today’s actions taken by President Trump to sanction entities and individuals for supporting the IRGC and Iranian military’s malign activities is a great first step in the right direction and shows the Ayatollahs the U.S. will no longer turn a blind eye to actions that undermine regional stability and U.S. interests abroad. Iran’s status as the world’s leading State Sponsor of Terrorism was not bestowed to it undeservingly and failing to hold the regime accountable only encourages future aggression. I will continue to work with the Trump Administration to place pressure where needed until the Iranian regime takes seriously the international laws they currently flout on a regular basis.”

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