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‘Time to hold Iran’s feet to the fire’ 

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., today applauded action by the Trump administration to impose increased sanctions on Iran following this week’s reported ballistic missile test by Iran.

“We must continue to send a strong message to Iran’s leaders that we will not tolerate any kind of destabilizing activity, from sponsoring terrorist groups to continued testing of ballistic missiles,” said Isakson, a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. “It is long past time we hold Iran’s feet to the fire. I am glad President Trump is approaching this threat with the strength and resilience that was lacking in the previous administration.”

“It’s about time we have a president who will hold this rogue nation accountable,” said Perdue, a member of the Armed Services Committee. “Iran’s belligerent behavior went unpunished for too long by the previous president for political reasons. I’m glad it’s not lost on President Trump that Iran is the number one state sponsor of terrorism, and trusting Iran to change is not only naive, but also creates a national security risk for our ally Israel. Our shared priority remains preventing Iran from ever attaining a nuclear weapon.”

Iran, the largest state sponsor of terror, continues to push the boundaries with yet another reported ballistic missile test on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Isakson and Perdue believe today’s action by the White House will finally begin to put pressure on Iran to end its provocative and destabilizing behavior in the Middle East.

On Thursday, Isakson joined a bipartisan group of Senate Foreign Relations Committee members in a letter to President Trump calling for immediate action to hold Iranian leaders accountable after reports that Iran conducted another ballistic missile test.

Isakson and Perdue warned against the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name of President Obama’s dangerous nuclear agreement with Iran, and they both voted to reject the implementation of the deal last year. Since President Obama’s agreement was signed, Iran has violated international restrictions on ballistic missiles and arms exports while also exceeding limits on nuclear material set by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, all of which went largely unpunished by President Obama.

The Georgia senators joined a unanimous 99-0 vote of the Senate on Dec. 1, 2016, to pass the Iran Sanctions Extension Act to hold Iran accountable for its attempts to threaten the United States and destabilize the Middle East.