Pearce: Iran Cannot Be Allowed To Secure Nuclear Weapons

Washington, DC (July 31, 2013) – Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce voted for H.R. 850, the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013.   Pearce is a cosponsor of the bill.   

“Iran continues to act with blatant disregard for human rights, safety, and the international community,” said Pearce.  “Today’s legislation, which I strongly support, addresses the plight of the countless human beings facing mistreatment, torture, and martyrdom within the country, as well as the threat Iran poses on a global scale should it be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons.  We must never hesitate to stand against evil in any of its forms, and today’s legislation is a much-needed first step against a threat that is all too often ignored.”

H.R. 850, of which Congressman Pearce is a cosponsor, imposes additional economic and financial sanctions on Iran related to human rights and terrorism.  It directs the Secretary of State to determine whether Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps meets the criteria for designation as a foreign terrorist organization.  It also directs further strong economic and financial sanctions with respect to human rights abuses in Iran, including restrictions on sales of commodities and financial transactions with Iran.  Further, the legislation directs the president to submit a report within 60 days on Iran’s nuclear program, and to develop a National Strategy on Iran to address threats posed by Iran.