SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 25--RELATIVE TO THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION (Senate - May 05, 1997)

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Ms. SNOWE submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations:

S. Con. Res. 25

Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring),

(a) Findings: The Congress finds that--

(1) Iran is aggressively pursuing a program to acquire and/or develop nuclear weapons;

(2) the Director of Central Intelligence, in September of 1994, confirmed that Iran is manufacturing and stockpiling chemical weapons;

(3) Iran has opposed the Middle East peace process and continues to support the terrorist group Hezballah in Lebanon and radical Palestinian groups;

(4) Iran has asserted control over the Persian Gulf island of Abu Musa, which it had been previously sharing with the United Arab Emirates;

(5) during the last few years Iran has reportedly acquired several hundred improved Scud missiles from North Korea;

(6) Iran has moved modern air defense missile systems, tanks, additional troops, artillery, and a surface-to-surface missiles onto islands in the Persian Gulf, some of which are disputed between Iran and the United Arab Emirates;

(7) Iran has already taken delivery of as many as thirty modern MiG-29 fighter aircraft from the Russian Federation;

(8) The Russian Federation has sold modern conventionally powered submarines to Iran, which increase Iran's capability to blockade the Straits of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf; and

(9) the Russian Federation continues to move forward on implementing a commercial agreement to provide Iran with critical nuclear technology despite having been provided with detailed information by the President of the United States on Iran's nuclear weapons program in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

(b) Sense of Congress: It is the sense of Congress that--

(1) the Russian Federation should be strongly condemned for continuing to implement a commercial agreement to provide Iran with nuclear technology that could assist that country in its development of nuclear weapons, and

(2) the continued implementation of its commercial nuclear agreement with Iran makes the Russian Federation ineligible for United States economic assistance under the terms of the Freedom Support Act.