A bipartisan slate of fifty House members urged President Obama on Tuesday to implement existing sanctions laws on Iran as a way of exerting further pressure on the regime to halt its illicit nuclear work, Agence France Presse reported. “Given Iran’s continued violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions ordering a halt to uranium enrichment activities – and the recent breach of the two-week deadline to inspect Iran’s underground facility at Qom – we urge you to consider full implementation of the ISA,” the letter, spearheaded by Reps. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Ron Klein (D-FL) stated, referring to the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) of 1995. That bill authorizes the president to sanction entities investing more than $20 million in Iran’s energy sector. The previous two administrations did not impose sanctions under the law.
It is critical for Members of Congress to speak out about the urgent need to prevent a nuclear Iran.