March 29, 2017

Elizabeth Rosenberg before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program, Sanctions, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

By Elizabeth Rosenberg

Chair Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking Member Deutch, distinguished members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today on the topic of IRGC and Iran ballistic missile sanctions. 

International sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile activities and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are an integral component to the broad-ranging and powerful financial measures that target and isolate Iran for its nefarious activities. They are at the heart of the U.S. sanctions on Iran, and set an impactful and appropriately aggressive tone for Washington to pursue its interests with this destabilizing regime. Congress has provided critical leadership in the effort to expose and target Iran’s missile activity and the threatening activities of the IRGC. This includes important oversight of executive branch activities enforcement of existing financial sanctions authorities. I applaud your leadership and this important work, and urge your continued attention to make it clear to Iran that while the international community has entered into a strong agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, policy leaders, including those in Congress, will aggressively seek to hold Iran to account for its threatening ballistic missile activity, continued support for terrorism, and regional destabilization.

The full testimony is available online.

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