Gardner on Iranian Belligerence: “Inaction is no longer an option”

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement following reports of another ballistic missile test conducted by the Islamic Republic of Iran in violation of United Nations (U.N) Security Council resolutions:

“When the President was pursuing his misguided nuclear deal with Iran, many of us warned that Iran would cheat. We warned that Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, would take billions in sanctions relief while continuing to build up their arsenal, prop up the Assad regime, and arm terror groups dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Iran has done exactly that.

“The Obama Administration has been stunningly indifferent. Iran has violated U.N. travel sanctions by sending General Qassem Soleimani, a man responsible for the death of American troops in Iraq, on a visit to Russia. They’ve repeatedly violated U.N. resolutions prohibiting the testing of ballistic missiles, which could be topped with a nuclear warhead.

“The American people were told to trust that the Obama Administration could hold Iran accountable for bad behavior. Iran’s recent conduct, and the Administration’s lack of response, prove that the current U.S. policy of engagement with this murderous and deceitful regime is a dangerous farce. I have no confidence that Iran will abide by the terms of the nuclear deal reached this past summer.

“It’s time for the Administration to respond to Iranian belligerence. Inaction is no longer an option.”

Senator Gardner has been a vocal opponent of the President’s deal with Iran. He warned before the deal was struck about the dangers of a nuclear Iran, and denounced the deal when it was announced as a “bad deal with the murderous Iranian regime”. After reports of Iranian violations of U.N. sanctions, Gardner sent a letter to President Obama asking for a response to those actions. On the floor of the Senate, Gardner spoke out about the troubling aspects of the deal and urged his colleagues to reject it. And in October, Gardner asked Secretary of State John Kerry whether the Administration believed Iranian Ballistic Missile Launches violated a U.N. ban.




Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.