Posted on19 November 2011.
Proponents of additional sanctions recognize the severe humanitarian costs, but argue “human suffering in Iran is necessary”
One of the bill’s top supporters, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), said, “Critics [of the sanctions] argued that these measures will hurt the Iranian people. Quite frankly, we need to do just that.”
The renewed push for additional sanctions against Iran comes after excessive government and media hype over the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a report inflating concerns about a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program, although little evidence was put forth.
Senator Kirk’s plan was first advocated in August when a bipartisan group of 92 U.S. Senators signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to impose additional sanctions. In May, the U.S. imposed sanctions on foreign companies doing business with Iran’s energy industry and restricted the flood of money in and out of the country.