October 27, 2017

Sanctions on Iran-backed Hezbollah passed: U.S. House


On October 25, the U.S. House of Representatives backed new sanctions on Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah militia, part of an effort to take a tough line against Tehran without immediately moving to undermine an international nuclear agreement`.

Without opposition, hezbollah Three -related measures passed by voice vote. The House voted on October 26, on another bill, to impose additional sanctions on Iran related to its ballistic missiles programme.

On October 13, President Donald Trump said he would not certify Iran is complying with an international agreement on its nuclear programme, and concussed that he might ultimately cease the accord.

A 60-day window for Congress was opened to act to re-impose sanctions on Iran’s nuclear programme that were lifted under the agreement, but in the House or Senate, there has been no move to do so.

Presently, House lawmakers are centering on pressurizing Iran in other ways such as the Hezbollah and missile-related sanctions, said Aides.

On October 25, the first of the Hezbollah-related measures passed would impose new sanctions on any entities found to support the group, such as by providing weapons to Hezbollah. The second imposes sanctions on Iran and Hezbollah for using civilians as human shields. The third was a resolution urging the European Union to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation.

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