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Rep. Steve Chabot: Obama Admin Stalling Probe of Russian Arms Sale to Iran

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By    |   Monday, 20 Jun 2016 09:01 AM

A congressional probe into whether the Obama administration is refusing to sanction Russia for selling advance missile system to Iran is being stalled, and has not yet determined if it will move forward with the sanctions as specified under U.S. law, the lawmaker who launched the inquiry in April says.

"Frankly, I'm disappointed in the administration's response to my letter requesting a quick determination that Russia's transfer of the S-300 missile system to Iran is progressing their efforts to acquire advanced conventional weapons systems," Ohio Republican Rep. Steve Chabot told The Washington Free Beacon. "Unfortunately, the administration's abysmal response indicates that they are more than reluctant to provide a determination on this case — which is exceptionally disconcerting considering the administration admits they have been trying to persuade Russia not to proceed with the weapon transfer."

Under U.S. law, President Barack Obama can designate the weapons sales as illegal, but has not done so, and according to communications between the State Department and Congress that were obtained by the Free Beacon, the congressional probe is being stalled.

On June 8, the administration told Chabot that it has not yet determined if it would move ahead with the sanctions, and reiterated that stance to the Free Beacon late last week. They also have not yet explained why it is not exercising its power, granted under the Iran-Iraq Arms Nonproliferation Act of 1992.

"We remain concerned about this and have strongly urged Russia not to proceed with the sale of an S-300 system to Iran, as the transfer of these surface-to-air weapons systems to Iran would add to tension in the region and be clearly inconsistent with our common nonproliferation goals," the State Department's letter to Chabot says. "The Department will continue to implement, as required, the various sanctions authorities we have to support our non-proliferation priorities."

A foreign policy adviser working with Congress on the issue told the Free Beacon that the Obama administration "seems willing to let Iran get away with anything," including acquiring weapon, in order to preserve its nuclear agreement with Iran.
 

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A congressional probe into whether the Obama administration is refusing to sanction Russia for selling advance missile system to Iran is being stalled, and has not yet determined if it will move forward with the sanctions as specified under U.S. law, the lawmaker who ...
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