Senator John Hoeven Saturday issued the following statement after the administration announced that it would reinstate all sanctions on Iran that were lifted as part of the nuclear deal, which the president decertified earlier this year. This includes sanctions on Iran’s core industries, such as its energy, financial and transportation sectors.
“Iran has long been a force of destabilization, violence and terrorism in the region, and the previous administration’s nuclear deal only emboldened these efforts. All the while, the deal would not have prevented Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, as it lacked sufficient means to ensure compliance. Halting Iran’s nuclear ambitions is vital to our national security and that of our allies. These sanctions will help pressure the regime to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and limit its ability sponsor terrorism.
"In addition to reinstituting these sanctions, I urge the administration to limit the use of any sanctions waivers for countries that seek to purchase Iranian oil. The administration should also consider further limits on Iran's ability to access the international financial system, including suspending its ability to use international financial messaging services that connect its banks with the global banking system."