Sunday, March 26, 2017

Lawmakers Seek to Expand Sanctions on Iran over Ballistic Missile Launches

A bill introduced in the Senate on Thursday would impose sanctions on Iran for launching ballistic missiles and other provocative acts, a move that fits with President Donald Trump’s plans to take a tougher stance against the top sponsor of terror in the world, according to the U.S. Department of State.

The legislation, introduced by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and joined by six other Republicans and seven Democrat sponsors, would set mandatory sanctions for any individuals involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, Reuters reported on Thursday.
The sanctions would apply to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a brutal military organization that some have argued should be designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by State.
In February, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Iran should be named an FTO at an event on Capitol Hill. READ MORE