Rick Santorum on Iran

Last Updated : Jan 14, 2012

Summary

Senator Santorum believes that Iran is a threat to the US and he takes a hard line approach towards the country. In 2006, Senator Santorum supported the Iran Freedom and Support Act to address some of the issues with Iran. The bill codifies sanctions, controls, and regulations currently in place against Iran by Executive order into statute. The bill declares that it should be a policy of the United States to support the Iranian people in their pro-democracy movements. Senator Santorum called for $100 million in funding for pro-democracy efforts in Iran.

During a speech in support of the Iran Freedom and Support Act, Senator Santorum stated that Iran was promoting terrorism activities and Islamic fascism ideology that undergirds that terrorist activity in the Middle East, and that Iran has been implicated in the 1996 attack on U.S. military personnel at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. He also stated that Iran was contributing to terrorist activities in Iraq. Senator Santorum also stated that Iran had a dismal record on human rights, women's rights, and worker's rights. He stated that although Iran was within it's rights to pursue nuclear energy, it was only using this as a disguise to pursue nuclear weapons.

During a Presidential debate in Iowa, Senator Santorum engaged in a discussion with Congressman Paul about Iran and the Iran Freedom and Support Act. Senator Santorum stated that Iran is a country that has been at war with the US since 1979, and that Iran is a country that has killed more American men and women in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan than the Iraqis and the Afghanistanis. He went on to say that the Iranians are the existential threat to the state of Israel.

In January of 2011, Senator Santorum stated that he hoped the US was involved in programs to assassinate Iranian scientists that may be involved in their nuclear weapons program as it sends a clear message to that nation and others that such action will not be tolerated.

 

Iran Freedom and Support Act

On March 2, 2006 Senator Santorum spoke on the Senate floor about the legislation that he was putting forth titled the Iran Freedom and Support Act.

 

Fox and Friends Appearance

On September 19, 2006 Senator Santorum appeared on Fox and Friends to discuss Iran and Iranian President Mahmoud Achmadinejad's United Nations speech. He stated that President Achmedinejad was one of the most dangerous leaders in the world today, and that he was just as zealous as the Mullahs in Iran.

 

Iowa Debate

In August of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the Republican Presidential debate in Ames, Iowa. He carries out a conversation with Congressman Ron Paul discussing the need to address Iran as a threat and the need for sanctions against Iran.

 

CBS Foreign Policy Debate

On November 12, 2011 Senator Santorum participated in the CBS foreign policy debate. He spoke about the need to ensure that Iran does not achieve a nuclear weapon.

 

US Killing Iranian Scientists

In January of 2011, Senator Santorum stated that he hoped the US was involved in programs to assassinate Iranian scientists that may be involved in their nuclear weapons program as it sends a clear message to that nation and others that such action will not be tolerated.

 

2012 Presidential Campaign Website Statements

 

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-109; Bill Number-S 333; Iran Freedom and Support Act of 2005 - Prime Sponsor

A bill to hold the current regime in Iran accountable for its threatening behavior and to support a transition to democracy in Iran.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 3971; Iran Freedom Support Act - Prime Sponsor

A bill to hold the current regime in Iran accountable for its threatening behavior and to support a transition to democracy in Iran.

Session-105; Bill Number-S 1311; Iran Missile Proliferation Sanctions Act of 1997 - Cosponsor

Directs the President to report periodically to specified congressional committees on foreign persons (except those previously identified or sanctioned or subject to waiver) who, on or after August 8, 1995, have transferred, or attempted to transfer, controlled goods or technology, or provided, or attempted to provide, technical assistance or facilities that contributed, or would have contributed, to Iran's efforts to acquire, develop, or produce ballistic missiles. Requires imposition on such persons of minimum two-year sanctions prohibiting: (1) sales to such persons of items on the United States Munitions List (and terminating sales of any controlled U.S. arms); (2) the export to such persons of dual use goods and technology; and (3) the provision of U.S. financial assistance. Authorizes the President to waive such sanctions on the basis of additional information demonstrating that the sanctioned person did not commit the acts alleged.

Session-104; Bill Number-S 1228; Iran Oil Sanctions Act of 1995 - Cosponsor

Directs the President to impose certain credit sanctions against persons who, with actual knowledge, have made an investment of more than $40 million in any 12-month period that has significantly contributed to the development of petroleum resources in Iran.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 2657; Iran Sanctions Extension Act of 2006 - Prime Sponsor

Amends the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act of 1996 to extend the authorities under such Act with respect to Iran. (Sanctions under such Act no longer apply to Libya pursuant to Presidential Determination 2004-30, April 23, 2004.)

Session-109; Bill Number-S 1737; Iranian Nuclear Trade Prohibition Act of 2005 - Prime Sponsor

Expresses the sense of Congress that countries should choose between trading with state sponsors of terrorism or maintaining good trade relations with the United States. Amends the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act of 1996 to direct the President to prohibit the United States or any U.S. entity from purchasing nuclear fuel assemblies (not including low-enriched uranium) from any person or government or affiliated entity that sells nuclear fuel assemblies to Iran. Authorizes the President, with congressional notification, to waive such prohibition for national security purposes.

Session-109; Bill Number-S Con res 78; Iran Nuclear Violations - Cosponsor

Condemns the government of Iran's many failures to comply with its nuclear nonproliferation obligations, including its obligations under the Safeguards Agreement, its suspension commitments under the Paris Agreement, and prior commitments to the EU-3 to suspend all enrichment- and reprocessing-related activities. Commends the efforts of the governments of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom to seek a credible suspension of Iran's enrichment- and reprocessing-related activities and to find a diplomatic means to address Iran's noncompliance with such obligations. Urges the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors at its February 2006 special meeting to order that Iran's noncompliance be reported to the U.N. Security Council. Calls on Security Council members, in particular the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, to consider any report of Iran's noncompliance in fulfillment of the Security Council's mandate to respond to situations bearing on international peace and security.

Session-105; Bill Number-S 1311; Iran Missile Proliferation Sanctions Act of 1997 - Cosponsor

A bill to impose certain sanctions on foreign persons who transfer items contributing to Iran's efforts to acquire, develop, or produce ballistic missiles.

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