Aug 14, 2020
Press Release

On August 14, Congressman Joe Wilson, Chairman of the RSC Foreign Affairs and National Security Task Force and Ranking Member of the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism Subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (HFAC) released the following statement ahead of a vote at the United Nations Security Council on a U.S. proposal to extend the arms embargo on Iran:

“The United States should never compromise on its vital national security interests, and those of its closest regional allies, to concede to Russian and Chinese objections to an extension of the arms embargo on Iran. Moscow and Beijing have already made it clear that they intend to sell Iran weapons after the termination of the embargo in October, continuing to fuel the terrorism and instability that has roiled the Middle East.

“Under these circumstances, the United States should exercise its legal right under international law to reimpose sanctions on Iran given its persistent threat to world peace. Snapping back sanctions on Iran is the only way to reinstitute the permanent UN arms embargo on Iran that was made temporary by the disastrous nuclear deal. It’s time to finally pull the plug on the harmful legacy of the Iranian nuclear deal which endangered our allies in the region. I was grateful to lead an effort in June by the Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus of conservatives in Congress, to call for snapback sanctions on Iran.”