Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Ros-Lehtinen Questions Clinton on Iran Sanctions Implementation, Urges Protection for Camp Ashraf Residents
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, at a Committee hearing earlier today asked U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton about U.S. policy towards Iran and the implementation of sanctions against the Iranian regime. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“I remain deeply concerned that the State Department is not fully implementing Iran sanctions.
“This morning, I was pleased to have the opportunity to ask Secretary Clinton about the status of five companies that the Administration waived sanctions against, through the utilization of a special rule in the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions and Divestment Act, based on these companies’ vague pledges to cease all investment in the Iranian energy sector.
“We must ensure that companies violating U.S. sanctions on Iran are not let off the hook.
“I want to know: How many investigations are currently open? Will the Administration commit to briefing the Committee on the status of all investigations that the Administration is undertaking on Iran sanctions?
“I also urged the Secretary for U.S. protection for Camp Ashraf residents. These are Iranian dissidents and opposition members residing in this facility in Iraq, and who are being harmed and harassed by Iraqi authorities at the behest of the Iranian regime.”