US House Passes Resolution on Iran

US House Passes Resolution on Iran    US House Passes Resolution on Iran

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted a resolution supporting anti-government protestors in Iran and condemning the crackdown on the demonstrations of recent weeks. US lawmakers backed the measure almost unanimously, by a vote of 415 to two, AFP reported.

The house “stands with the people of Iran that are engaged in legitimate and peaceful protests,” and condemns the government’s alleged “serious human rights abuses against the Iranian people,” the resolution stated.

A week-long wave of violent unrest erupted in dozens of Iranian cities since Dec. 28, leaving at least 21 people dead.

The resolution also called on US President Donald Trump’s administration to issue new sanctions over Iran’s human rights violators.

“In standing with the Iranian people, we must explain that they are not the target of our sanctions,” House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce said.

“US sanctions target the … destabilizing regime, not the people of Iran,” he contended. Last week Washington imposed sanctions against five Iranian firms over their alleged connection to Tehran’s ballistic missile program, linking the move to the protests.

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