New US congress using old ways in new year: Sanctions and military threat

IFP- Soon after the beginning of their work, the members of 115th US Congress introduced two anti-Iran laws on January 3.

One of them is a proposal introduced by Alcee Hastings, a member of the Congressional Committee of Foreign Affairs, to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces to achieve the goal of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. The other bill entails imposing new sanctions on Iran to prevent its missile program.

“New measures taken by the Congress, as well as statements by American officials, prove how Washington is afraid of Iran’s military power and its progress in missile industry,” said Ardeshir Nooriyan, an Iranian lawmaker, according to a Farsi report by ICANA.

“The hostile approaches and pretexts adopted by American authorities were predictable after the nuclear deal with Iran,” he added.
“It is Washington’s strategy to create an atmosphere of Iranophobia in the international community and impose political and economic sanctions against Iran.”

He went on to say that Washington is using Iran’s missile program and humanitarian activities as a pretext to implement anti-Iran policies. “Our Leader has always warned us about the hostile positions of the United States.”

Nooryian stressed that the US sanctions won’t stop Iran from developing its missile defence industry. “It is an essential part of our homeland security. We endeavor to expand it.”

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