WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2017: Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC) welcomes the letter by 22 bipartisan U.S. Senators to President Donald Trump, demanding that the Administration hold Iran accountable for its January 29, 2017 ballistic missile test, conducted in violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 as well as other provocative actions. Joining Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Bob Corker (R-TN) on the bi-partisan letter are Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chris Coons (D-DE), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Casey (D-PA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), as well as Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Todd Young (R-IN), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Barrasso (R-WY), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Rob Portman (R-OH).
In this light, OIAC believes that as the next step and as suggested by a number of senior House Members, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) must be placed on the Foreign Terrorist Organizations list. And that the human rights nightmare inside the country must be highlighted. The IRGC controls Iran’s economy and is the oppressive machinery, which maintains the regime by suffocating internal dissent. As such, its designation would significantly help to deprive the Iranian regime from the means to oppress the people of Iran at home and spread its terrorism beyond Iran’s borders.
Experiences of the past 38 years suggest that the destructive influence of Islamic fundamentalism, godfathered by the regime in Tehran, will not be mitigated until and unless a democratic, secular, and non-nuclear republic replaces that regime. We look forward to working with our representatives to hold Iranian regime accountable for its terrorism, nuclear weapons program, and for the frightening human rights record and to work towards bringing freedom to the Iranian people in a #FreeIran.
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SOURCE Organization of Iranian American Communities – U.S. (OIAC)