With the Iran Sanctions Act set to expire at the end of the year, the U.S. Senate and the House recently approved an extension of the act and had the support of Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe.
“In failing to adhere to United Nations Security Council Resolutions, Iran has repeatedly demonstrated it cannot be trusted,” he said following the vote of approval on H.R. 6297, the Iran Sanctions Extension Act. The Senate approved it 99-0 while approval in the House was on a 419-1 vote.
“Iran has not moderated its conduct since the implementation of the Iran Deal,” argued Inhofe. “Since agreeing to the Iran Deal in July 2015, Iran has harassed our Navy in international waters, illegally detained U.S. sailors, fired missiles within a mile of U.S. and coalition ships in the Strait of Hormuz, tested ballistic missiles, allowed Russian combat aircraft to operate from Iran, continued to support Hamas and Hezbollah, denounced Israel’s right to exist and continued to chant ‘Death to America’.”
Inhofe voted against the deal reached by the Obama administration when it came before the Senate on Sept. 10, 2015. As part of the nuclear deal, Iran was allowed to resume global sales of its oil, a move that Inhofe contends harms U.S. producers.