Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Votes to Strengthen Sanctions Against Russian, Iranian, North Korean Regimes

Jul 25, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 3364, Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. This legislation targets the regimes of Russia, Iran and North Korea.

“Today, I voted to support legislation that will enhance sanctions against regimes that threaten U.S. national security interests. North Korea is developing nuclear weapons that endanger American cities, Iran continues to fund Hezbollah and other terrorist groups, and Russia is responsible for ongoing cyberattacks that undermine many countries, including our own. By strengthening sanctions against these countries and their agents, we are sending a message to Kim Jong-un, the mullahs in Iran, and Putin: the United States will not tolerate your actions, and there will be severe consequences. Congress remains firm against repressive regimes, and we will not stand idly by while they continue to pose a significant threat to our country, our national security interests, and our allies.”

Later this week, the House is expected to consider H.Res 317, a resolution cosponsored by Diaz-Balart, which calls for the unconditional release of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are held for political purposes by the Government of Iran. Similarly, Diaz-Balart is an original cosponsor of H.Res 185, which calls on Iran to assist in the return of South Florida resident Bob Levinson, who disappeared in 2007 and is the longest-held U.S. civilian in history. Diaz-Balart also cosponsored the State Sanctions Against Iranian Terrorism Act, legislation that clarifies and expands the authority of the states to act upon their right to impose sanctions on Iran.