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Ernst supports extending sanctions against Iran

iranWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Iran Sanctions Extension Act, which would extend for 10 years sanctions authorities against Iran before they expire at the end of the year.

“Iran is the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism, and their aggression remains undeterred following President Obama’s misguided nuclear deal. Extending sanctions authorities against this untrustworthy regime will give our President-elect the ability to apply renewed pressure on Iran at a time when they continue to pursue development of ballistic missiles and encourage acts of terror in the Middle East and across the globe.

“Today’s Senate passage of this extension sends a clear signal to Iran that there will be zero tolerance for their hostile actions towards our nation and our allies. I urge President Obama to swiftly sign this extension into law, and look forward to working with our President-elect to ensure our nation’s security in the face of Iranian aggression.”

Last year, Senator Ernst spoke out against the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, and earlier this year co-sponsored legislation to impose tough sanctions on Iran in response to their ballistic missile violations.

President-elect Donald Trump has indicated he might pull the Iran deal once he takes office.

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