CONGRESSMAN CHRIS VAN HOLLEN
Maryland’s 8th District
For Immediate Release
March 24, 2016
Van Hollen Statement on New Sanctions Aimed at Iran’s Missile Program, and Charges Against Perpetrators of Iranian-backed Cyber Attacks on U.S.
Washington, DC – Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen released the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced new sanctions against individuals supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program and terrorist activities, and the U.S. Department of Justice announced charges against seven Iranians working for entities associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard for conducting coordinated cyber attacks against U.S. financial institutions and a New York dam:
“The sanctions announced today are a strong signal that the United States is committed to holding Iran accountable for its belligerent threats to peace and security in the Middle East and throughout the world. These sanctions target individuals supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program as well as Mahan Air, which provides financial, material, and technological support to the Revolutionary Guard and transports fighters to destabilize Syria.
“The new sanctions, combined with the charges against individuals associated with the Revolutionary Guard for cyber attacks against U.S. interests and infrastructure, send a clear signal that taunting the United States and the international community only stiffens our resolve to ensure that Iran complies with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), ends its dangerous cyber activities, and stops violating the limits on its ballistic missile program.
“Iran’s leaders have a decades-long history of deceiving the international community. Iran is a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and yet for 25 years it pursued a covert nuclear program. Iran has violated U.N. resolutions regarding weapons exports and testing. The Ayatollah is playing a dangerous game if he thinks the United States won’t follow through on its commitment to prevent Iran from being a threat to us or our allies.
“Congress has an important role in holding Iran accountable. I will continue working with my colleagues to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and to respond strongly, including imposing additional sanctions as necessary, to any violation of its international obligations under the JCPAO and U.N. Security Council resolutions, as well as its dangerous cyber attacks.”