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Embassy Row: Pressure on Iran
The House and Senate this week advanced bills to broaden sanctions against Iran because of its suspected nuclear weapons program and continued abuse of human rights, as the theocratic regime in Tehran took steps to manipulate its June 14 presidential election.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, aimed at forcing another 1 million barrels of Iranian oil off the market and imposing penalties against civil rights violators.
“This bipartisan legislation the committee passed is the strong action we need to cripple the regime and prevent a nuclear Tehran,” said Rep. Edward R. Royce, California Republican and committee chairman.
The bill is the “strongest-ever sanctions” against Iran, Mr. Engel said. The measure should “send a loud and clear message to Tehran: Give up your nuclear weapons program now or face uncompromising pressure from the United States Congress,” he said.
“Put simply, countries and companies around the world would be forced to chose: Stop doing business with the government of Iran or stop doing business with the United States of America,” Mr. Cornyn said.
Meanwhile, the exiled Iranian resistance released a detailed analysis of the presidential election, which its president called a “masquerade” after the ruling mullahs disqualified 678 registered candidates, including a former president who posed the greatest threat to the regime. The 12-member Guardian Council approved a slate of eight candidates.
Maryam Rajavi, president of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran, said the regime added more legitimacy to sanction advocates by its “contraction” of the field of candidates.
“Election masquerade settled with theocratic regime’s complete and inevitable contraction. No solution exists within the regime, affirming the legitimacy and imperative of the regime’s boycott and overthrow,” Ms. Rajavi said.
The resistance’s Washington office last week issued a 10-page analysis of the election, noting that the regime openly admits that it rigs the vote.
“The appropriate name for what is happening in Iran is the one the regime, itself, uses: ‘election engineering,’” the analysis said. “In other words, despite its appearance, the only thing that is of no consequence and plays no serious role [in the election] is the people’s vote.”
EARTHQUAKE HOT SPOT
The Afghan ambassador in Washington was shocked when he saw the destruction caused by the killer tornado in Oklahoma.
“My fellow Afghans understand the devastating effects of natural disasters, and we wish a speedy recovery for those affected,” Ambassador Eklil Hakimi said, offering condolences to those who lost relatives and property. “The people of Oklahoma and all Americans are in our thoughts and prayers, as they once again overcome adversity.”
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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