U.S. Congress will press for new sanctions against Iran

12:29, 09 March 2016

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday that lawmakers would continue to press for new sanctions against Tehran "until the regime ends its violent, provocative behavior against the U.S. and our allies," Reuters reported.


Ryan, whose Republican party opposed the landmark nuclear agreement the Obama administration and five other world powers reached with Tehran last year, said Iran's latest reported missile test violated international law, according to Reuters.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired several ballistic missiles on Tuesday, state television said, challenging a United Nations resolution and drawing the threat of a diplomatic response from the United States.

U.S. and French officials had earlier said a missile test by Iran would violate U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which calls on Iran not to conduct "any activity" related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

Several Republican lawmakers called for more U.S. sanctions in response, but there were no immediate plans to introduce new legislation.

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