U.S. Congressman MIKE POMPEO, Representing the 4th District of Kansas

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Pompeo on Release of U.S. Navy Sailors Captured by Iran

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Washington, January 13, 2016 | comments

January 13, 2016
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Pompeo on Release of U.S. Navy Sailors Captured by Iran

Asks what it will take for the Obama administration to realize Iran is not a partner in peace 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) today released the following statement on news that the ten U.S. Navy sailors captured yesterday evening by Iran have been freed:

“I am relieved to hear that the ten U.S. Navy sailors that Iran captured have been returned.  We are thankful for the service and bravery of these nine men and one woman.  We now must fully investigate Iran for possible violations of the Geneva Convention and ensure these sailors were treated properly. 

“Iran’s capture of these sailors raises serious questions about the Iranian regime and what it will take for the Obama administration to understand that Iran is not a partner in peace.  How many American service members does Iran would have to capture?  How many U.N. resolutions does Iran have to violate?  And how close do Iranian rockets have to come to U.S. ships before President Obama takes real action against Iran?  Is there any limit to what the fanatical Iranian regime can get away with?

“Today, an Iranian general said this incident should serve as a warning to ‘troublemakers in the U.S. Congress.’  As one of those ‘troublemakers,’ I take his words seriously.  Congress and the president should not be swayed by Iran’s intentional attempts to humiliate America.  Further, it is outrageous to apologize to Iran, as reports have indicated Secretary Kerry did.  Instead of kowtowing to Tehran, I call on President Obama to keep sanctions on Iran and to abandon his plan to provide this radical regime with over $100 billion in sanctions relief.”

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