In light of Iran’s recent missile tests, many United States figureheads and politicians have called for tougher sanctions against the Iranian regime, including Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan and Presidential Candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Iran launched two ballistic missiles capable of hitting targets 1400 km away at the end of a large military drill. It’s the first ballistic missile firing Iran’s conducted since signing nuclear deal P5+1 in July. Per US officials, this firing directly challenges a UN resolution made with Iran that specifically called upon Iran to not participate in ballistic missile activity.
Tehran’s missile tests rippled through the international community, with many United States officials calling for a tougher stance on the Iranian regime. United States Vice President Joe Biden said in a statement: “We are united in the belief that a nuclear-armed Iran is an absolutely unacceptable threat to Israel, the region and the United States.”
Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan said that he would continue to press for new sanctions against Iran until it stops provoking and threatening the United States and their allies. Several Republicans have echoed his sentiment, calling for more US sanctions in response.
Presidential Candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that she was “deeply concerned” by Iran’s missile tests, and called for penalties against Tehran in response. “Iran should face sanctions for these activities and the international community must demonstrate that Iran’s threats toward Israel will not be tolerated,” she said in a statement.
Army General Lloyd Austin, commander of the United States Central Command, expressed his concern that Tehran’s missile test is further evidence that Tehran hasn’t changed as much as it wants the West to believe.
“There are a number of things that lead me to personally believe that, you know, their behavior is not — they haven’t changed any course yet.”
The Obama administration’s nuclear deal with the regime in Iran will not prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapons program, Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Tuesday.
“Now that the Obama administration has reached what it believes to be an acceptable agreement, it is Congress’s responsibility to determine whether this agreement will be in our national interest, will make the United States safer and will prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapons program. I do not believe that it will,” Sen. Corker, a Republican, wrote in The Washington Post.
“This deal does not do that,” Sen. Corker wrote, adding: “Congress should reject this deal and send it back to the president.”
Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, stated “President Obama’s Iran deal does not prevent Iran from doing so—and, in fact, the deal makes the prospects for war more likely. If approved, the deal with Iran would dismantle the sanctions that forced the regime to the negotiating table.”
United States President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak Wednesday (August 5) on the Iran Nuclear Deal, reports The Wall Street Journal. President Obama will state his case and explain why he is in favor of the agreement.
The Iran Nuclear Deal made on July 14 has faced serious skepticism among lawmakers, global leaders and citizens. Obama will try to persuade enough lawmakers to support the agreement. “Congress is expected to vote in September, after a 60-day review of the deal, on whether to approve or reject it,” says Carole Lee of The Wall Street Journal.
The speech will be held at American University in Washington, D.C..
Read the full story on the Wall Street Journal website.
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Panel of speakers include:
Mohammad Mohaddessin (Chairman Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran)
Giulio Tertzi (Former Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs)
Senator Lucio Malan (member of the Italian Senate since 2001)
Bruce McColm (President of the Institute for Democratic Strategies)
Professor Donna Hughes (University Rhode Island)
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