Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today issued a statement after the Trump Administration imposed sanctions, pursuant to Executive Order 13876, against Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif:
“I support the Administration’s decision to impose sanctions to block any U.S.-based assets of Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who is not so much a diplomat as the Iranian Supreme Leader’s minister of international lies and propaganda.
“That said, I’m very concerned that the Administration just renewed controversial sanctions waivers that are allowing Vladimir Putin’s Russian regime and other foreign countries not only to continue assisting the Iranian regime’s expansion of nuclear infrastructure, but also to keep the flawed Iran nuclear deal on life support. The Iranian regime blatantly violated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action by concealing from international inspectors its dangerous ‘Atomic Archive’ for rapid nuclear weaponization, and it continues to violate the deal by escalating its uranium enrichment activities. The right response here is to continue maximizing international pressure against the Iranian regime—not to ease it.”