The Obama administration is currently doing everything they can to stall a congressional inquiry into its ongoing refusal to uphold a U.S. law that would sanction Russia for selling advanced missile systems to Iran. This was revealed in recent communications between the State Department and Congress that were obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
U.S. law gives Obama the authority to designate as illegal Russia’s recent sale to Iran of the advanced S-300 missile system, which is a long-range weapon that would boost the Islamic Republic’s military. However, Obama has refused to exercise his sanction authority under law and has been stalling any attempts by Congress to figure out the rationale behind his decision.
Rep. Steve Chabot (R., Ohio), who first launched the inquiry into this, said that Obama’s White House is continuing to punt questions from lawmakers, which has jeopardized attempts made by Western nations to block the arms sale. On June 8, over two months after his initial request, Chabot was told by the administration that it not reached a determination as to whether it will move forward with sanctions as specified under the law.
“Frankly, I’m disappointed in the administration’s response to my letter requesting a quick determination that Russia’s transfer of the S-300 missile system to Iran is progressing their efforts to acquire advanced conventional weapons systems,” Chabot said. “Unfortunately, the administration’s abysmal response indicates that they are more than reluctant to provide a determination on this case—which is exceptionally disconcerting considering the administration admits they have been trying to persuade Russia not to proceed with the weapon transfer.”
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