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GOP Senators Rubio, Cornyn, Young Call For Tough Action on Iran

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (AP Photo)

By    |   Thursday, 02 Feb 2017 05:35 PM

Three Republican senators are calling on the Trump administration and Congress to start imposing "serious consequences" on Iran for "defiantly" continuing to test ballistic missiles, commit human rights violations, and support terrorism.

In an opinion piece written for Fox News, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, John Cornyn of Texas, and Todd Young of Indiana say President Barack Obama's inaction has led Iran to continue to threaten the United States and its allies.

"In fact, Iran defiantly continues to test ballistic missiles, most recently last weekend," the senators wrote. "Iran's challenge to the new administration underscores the immediate need for a tougher U.S. policy."

The three have introduced the Iran Non-Nuclear Sanctions Act to impose severe financial and economic sanctions on Iran, saying Congress and the White House should adopt the legislation without delay.

"Iran, thanks in part to assistance from North Korea and Russian entities over the years, possesses the Middle East's largest and most formidable ballistic missile arsenal," they wrote. But even after Iran fired ballistic missiles in late 2015, the Obama administration's response of "tough statements and imposing weak sanctions" in January 2016 made little difference.

"We welcome the statements by President Trump and National Security Advisor Flynn with respect to Iran's ballistic missile program," the senators wrote. "It is time to take action with respect to Iran's growing missile threats, terrorism support, and human rights abuses.

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Three Republican senators are calling on the Trump administration and Congress to start imposing "serious consequences" on Iran for "defiantly" continuing to test ballistic missiles, commit human rights violations, and support terrorism.
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