SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement in response to the United Nations Security Council vote to impose new sanctions against Iran:
“Today the United Nations Security Council finally voted to impose new sanctions on Iran in response to that country’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons in defiance of the international community. But this vote was no victory for peace or security.
“In order to get Russia and China on board, President Obama gutted the sanctions that were once promised to be ‘crippling’ and later downgraded to ‘biting.’ Today’s sanctions are so watered down that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, at a conference this week with the leader of Iran, vowed they would ‘not put Iran’s leadership or the Iranian people into difficulty.’
“If Iran’s leadership is not put ‘into difficulty’ by these sanctions, American interests and those of our allies will be. This is the fourth round of U.N. sanctions on Iran, yet Iran continues to work toward a nuclear weapon. Iran will also be allowed to continue arming itself – these sanctions include a loophole that will let Russia move forward with plans to sell Iran one of the world’s most sophisticated air defense systems, the S-300. Russia will also be allowed to continue building and delivering fuel to an Iranian nuclear reactor, even as the Obama administration moves toward a deal with Russia on nuclear cooperation that is now pending in Congress. And these sanctions do not target Iran’s imports of refined petroleum products or its access to international banking systems and capital markets, and it does not include a ban on dealings with Iran’s national air and shipping lines – the real pressure points on the Iranian regime.
“The United States Congress can impose its own sanctions on Iran, real sanctions that would cause Iran’s leadership great difficulty. But Barbara Boxer and this Congress have so far refused to stand up to this administration and get serious about the threat from Iran.”