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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Good luck with that: Congress calls on Obama to sanction Russia over S-300 sale to Iran

The Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee have written to President Obama urging him to sanction Russia if it goes through with the sale of the S-300 anti-missile defense system to Iran.
Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), committee chairman, and Eliot Engel (D.N.Y.), the committee’s ranking member, sent a letter to Obama concerning the proposed delivery of the S-3000 surface to air missile system to Iran.
“If completed, the transfer of this sophisticated weapons system would significantly bolster Iran’s military capabilities and introduce new obstacles to our ability to eliminate the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon,” the legislators wrote.
While the United Nations Security Council does not prohibit the transfer of this weapons system to Iran, the Iran-Iraq Arms Nonproliferation Act and the Iran Sanctions Act do give Obama authority to sanction countries deemed to be aiding Iran’s efforts to acquire weapons, according to the congressmen.
“We are concerned that without such a determination, your recent comments could be interpreted as the United States acquiescing to this transfer,” they wrote.
Even if he weren't on Iran's side, Obama would be afraid to do that.

 Heh.

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