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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on reports of a ballistic missile test by Iran:
"Yesterday's alleged ballistic missile test by Iran, likely in violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions, makes absolutely clear why there must be no ambiguity when it comes to the United States and our partners' willingness to enforce Iran's obligations under UN resolutions and the JCPOA. I call on the President and the United Nations to impose sanctions for Iran's behavior or to take any other steps necessary to continue restraining Iran's ability to develop its ballistic missiles.
"If we fail to enforce ballistic missile restrictions, extended in U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, confidence in our willingness to enforce other aspects of Iran's commitments – particularly its obligations to roll back its nuclear program under the JCPOA – will be undermined. The precedent here matters. This test comes at the same time that we are learning of the conviction of American journalist Jason Rezaian on trumped-up charges of espionage by a Iranian court. His continued unjust imprisonment, along with other Americans, underscores the malign nature of the dictatorship that controls Iran and that has vigorously pursued a nuclear weapon.
"I have maintained - and continue to maintain - that the best recipe for the JCPOA's success is strict verification and enforcement of all its provisions and the related arms embargo and ballistic missile restrictions. How we respond to this weekend's events will have a significant bearing on our ability going forward to hold Iran accountable for its actions."