Kirk Statement on Holding Iran Accountable Through Sanctions Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued the following statement after Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif claimed that a final nuclear agreement will require the United States to permanently lift all sanctions against Iran:

“With or without a final nuclear deal with Iran, Congress can and will continue to hold Iran accountable for its nuclear and missile proliferation, sponsorship of terrorism, and human rights violations. While the President may temporarily waive sanctions against Iran, only Congress has the power to permanently lift all 14 Iran sanctions laws.”


In the United States, 14 Public Laws impose sanctions specifically against Iran:

  • Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (sec. 307 of P.L. 87-195)
  • Iran Claims Settlement (title V of Public Law 99-93)
  • Iraq Sanctions Act (sec. 586G(a)(1) through (4) of P.L. 101-513)
  • Iran-Iraq Arms Non-Proliferation Act of 1992, as amended (title XVI of P.L. 102-484)
  • Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, as amended (P.L. 104-172)
  • Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act, as amended (P.L. 106-178) (p. 36)
  • Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000, as amended (P.L. 106-387)
  • Iran Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Act of 2002 (subtitle D, title XIII of P.L. 107-228)
  • Iran Freedom Support Act (P.L. 109-293)
  • National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (P.L. 111-84, including the VOICE Act at title XII, subtitle D)
  • Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010, as amended (P.L. 111-195)
  • National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, as amended (sec. 1245 of P.L. 112-81)
  • Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-158)
  • National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Subtitles C and D, the latter of which is cited as the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012, Title XII, Division A of Public Law 112-239).