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Senate Clears Strengthened Iran Sanctions Legislation


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement after the Senate passed the Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Human Rights Act (S. 2101) by a voice vote:

"Any comprehensive policy that seeks to end Iran's effort to acquire a nuclear weapon needs to convince the rulers in Tehran that their survival is in question. While sanctions are one part of convincing the Supreme Leader that the costs of pursuing this weapon outweigh any perceived benefit, Senate Republicans insisted that the Senate pass nothing less than the President's commitment that all options are on the table, in order to prevent any contrary perception that silence on the use of force would have created. The Senate has worked hard to improve our sanctions toward Iran, and this effort, combined with the sanctions of the European Union, should strengthen the hand of our own negotiators."

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