Gardner Questions Obama Administration Policy on Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) questioned the Honorable Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the United States Department of State, at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today focused on Iran’s recent ballistic missile tests and the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal. Gardner continues to hold the Obama Administration accountable when it comes to Iran’s ballistic missile tests in violation of numerous United Nations Sanctions.

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  • Gardner has been a vocal opponent of the President’s deal with Iran.
  • Before the deal was reached, Gardner warned about the dangers of a nuclear Iran and denounced the deal  when it was announced as a “bad deal with the murderous Iranian regime.”
  • In October, Gardner asked Secretary Kerry  whether the Administration believed Iranian ballistic missile launches violated a U.N. ban, and in December, Gardner urged action against Iran for its repeated violations of ballistic missile test bans. 
  • Gardner joined his Republican colleagues in introducing two bills, the Iran Ballistic Missile Sanctions Act and the Iran Terrorism and Human Rights Act, that would impose tough sanctions on Iran in response to the regime’s ballistic missile tests and human rights abuses. 


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.

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