U.S. House Passes New Sanctions on Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program

On October 26, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of new sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missiles program. Passed in an overwhelming 423 to two vote, the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act would require the President to provide Congress, within 90 days of the bill’s enactment, a report on: 1) Iran’s international and domestic supply chain for its ballistic missile components, 2) a description of the geographic distribution of the supply chain, 3) an assessment of Iran’s indigenous manufacturing capabilities, and 4) identify foreign persons directly or indirectly supporting the Iranian ballistic missile program.

Additionally, if Iran were to test a ballistic missile, the bill requires the President give Congress his determination as to whether the test violates UN resolution 2231 (2015) within 30 days of the test, and that he recommend sanctions against a list of government or foreign entities that materially contribute to Iran’s ballistic missile program. The bill must still pass the Senate and be signed by the President if it is to become law.

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U.S. House passes ballistic missile sanctions on Iran, Reuters
H.R. 1698, Congress

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