As Evidence of Chinese Banks Assistance to Iranian Regime Grows, Ros-Lehtinen Says Sanctions Must Be Enforced, Violators Held Accountable
(WASHINGTON) - U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today commented on reports that Chinese banks may have routed money on behalf of Iranian banks in violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Sanctions will do nothing to stop Iran’s nuclear program if they are not strictly enforced. Recent reports indicate that several Chinese banks may have intentionally flouted sanctions measures against Iran, and the Administration must hold these violators accountable and impose severe penalties.
“Allowing these transgressions to go un-scrutinized and unpunished gives the green light for other rogue regimes to disregard sanctions imposed against Tehran, and weakens efforts to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons program.”