Congressman Sherman Comments on Treasury Decision to Sanction Supporters of Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program and Mahan Air
Washington DC – Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee released the following statement on the Treasury Department’s sanctioning two entities and two individuals for supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program and Iranian airline Mahan Air.
“I am pleased to see that the Treasury Department is still pursuing the Iranian missile program and Mahan Air. These designations are important steps. However, we need to continue these efforts and do more.
“I have been very concerned that Mahan continues to fly to European destinations and has managed to evade our sanctions -- buying planes and obtaining spare parts and repair services.
“We need to make grounding Mahan a top priority with European and Asian allies. It is linked to the IRGC Quds Force and helps bring Quds Force thugs and materiel to Syrian President Assad's brutal war machine. Our friends should not allow Mahan to land at their airports. The blood of 200,000 Syrian civilians is not only on the hands of Assad, but also on the hands of those in Iran who help him kill, including Mahan Air.
“We need go after Mahan's business partners, especially any banks that serve it. Doing business with it will subject banks to very harsh secondary sanctions in the US. We should use every available law to hit Mahan.”
Watch Congressman Sherman’s questioning of Office of Foreign Asset Control Director John Smith before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on February 11, 2016 HERE.