Mark Udall issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate approved the Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Human Rights Act of 2012:
"This compromise legislation has been a long time in coming, but I'm pleased with the final result -- a bipartisan effort to impose further sanctions on any entity or country conducting commercial activity with Iran's oil and natural gas sectors, among other punitive measures," Udall said. "Taken together with already existing sanctions and the additional restrictions established by the Administration's executive order this week, the passage of this legislation sends an unmistakable message to Iran and the entire international community that the United States will not tolerate Iran's nuclear program."
Udall, who serves on the Senate Select Intelligence Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee, has been a vocal proponent of pushing Iran to halt its nuclear program.
Senate passage came last night after the U.S. House of Representatives cleared the bill. The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.
Among its many provisions, the Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Human Rights Act of 2012 makes any commercial activity with Iran's oil and natural gas sectors -- including financial services, insurance, technology, transportation or infrastructure -- a sanction-able offense, including any action by another country or third party to help Iran ship its oil under a different country's flag. The bill also increases sanctions against entities dealing with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, a branch of Iran's military, and expands sanctions against Iranian and Syrian officials for human rights abuses facilitated by computer and network disruption, monitoring and tracking by those governments.