March 18, 2016
Moulton, Kinzinger Letter to Secretary Kerry Draws Broad Bipartisan Support
Letter Calls on Kerry to Work Toward UN Security Council Resolution to prevent Iranian support for Hamas
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) released a bipartisan Letter to Secretary Kerry calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to work toward a new UN Security Council resolution to ban weapons transfers to Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist organizations. Moulton and Kinzinger’s letter has the support of 39 Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
“Iran has continued to act in ways that are counterproductive to the safety and security of the Middle East, including to our key ally, Israel,” said Moulton. “Violence against civilians in Israel and the broader Middle East has reaffirmed the need to continue to actively counter Iran’s destabilizing influence and threatening activities. We are calling on Secretary Kerry to work toward a new UN Security Council resolution to ban weapons transfers to Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist organizations by Iran or any other party. It is critical that the U.S. does all it can to prevent support for Hamas and other terrorist groups.”
“With each passing day, Iran continues to pose a dangerous threat to U.S. national security and the safety and stability of our allies in the Middle East,” said Kinzinger. "A UN Security Council resolution specifically banning Iran from the transfer of weapons to Palestinian terrorist groups like Hamas is critical to protecting our allies like Israel and preventing further Iranian assertion throughout the Middle East. I join my colleagues in urging Secretary Kerry’s swift action and response.”
UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which bans arms transfers to and from Iran, is set to expire five years after Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Though other UN Security Council resolutions ban the transfer of weapons to Hezbollah, Shia militias in Iraq, and other militant groups, there are no UN Security Council resolutions specifically banning the transfer of weapons to Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups.
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