- Posted August 12, 2012 by
- Mouloud Aounit, honorary MRAP chairman and friend of Ashraf residents, passed away
- Prominent Shiite clerics in Lebanon call on all Shiites to support Syrian revolution
- Catastrophic quake in NW Iran; mullahs covering up widespread proportions of casualties and destruction
- Iraqi government prevents burial of corpses of three residents of Ashraf and Liberty
- At least 14 of Iranian regime elements arrested in Syria are senior IRGC commanders
New Penalties against Syrian Company Not Enough to Pressure Either Iran or Syria, Ros-Lehtinen Says
“The revelation that Sytrol sold literally tons of gasoline to Iran is a reminder about the dangerous and ongoing relationship between these two pariah states and that sanctions against the Iranian regime, if fully implemented and enforced, can also hurt its Syrian partner. Earlier this month, the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a new, tougher Iran sanctions law to implement crippling pressure against the regime in Tehran and hold gross human rights violators in Syria accountable. The President must sign it and implement it immediately.
“While I am pleased that the Administration took this step to punish a Syrian company selling gas to Iran, there remain a vast number of entities getting a free pass for their ongoing business dealings with Tehran. We can and must do better. Time is of the essence. The longer that we wait, the more room South Korea, China and other Iranian crude oil importers will have to either continue enabling the Iranian regime or to backslide on previous commitments to substantially decrease crude oil imports, and even repatriate hard currency to Tehran. We need to stop making exceptions and impose the strongest pressure against Iran that we can.”
NOTE: H.R. 1905, the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012, was passed overwhelmingly by the House and the Senate on August 1. It was presented to the President for his signature on August 3.