US anti-Iran congressmen beg for sanctions on IRIB

TEHRAN, Jul. 20 (MNA) – Dissidents and opponents of Iranian government in the Congress are pushing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to end a deal with Iran that has prevented the United States from leveling sanctions on the Iran’s state TV network, Washington Free Beacon reported.

Ahead of a major speech this weekend, dissidents of Iranian government in the IS Congress have been demanding the State Department to reverse a years-long policy that prevents the United States from sanctioning Iran's propaganda network, known as the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).

"IRIB commits serious human rights abuses and should be subject to US sanctions—the secretary should use his speech as the backdrop to announce just that," claimed Goldberg, currently a senior adviser to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Senior congressional officials also have been met with resistance when petitioning the State Department to clarify their position on IRIB sanctions and issuing another waiver.

Leading member of Congress also questioned the nature of the Obama administration's deal to waive IRIB sanctions and the Trump administration continuation of this policy.

"Congress needs to get more information about this specific waiver and why waiving such sanctions is necessary at this moment given that the protesters are calling for more sanctions against Iran.”


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