BROWNBACK AMENDMENT NO. 3528 (Senate - September 02, 1998)

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Mr. McCONNELL (for Mr. Brownback) proposed an amendment to the bill, S. 2334, supra; as follows:

The Senate finds that according to the Department of State, Iran continues to support international terrorism, providing training, financing, and weapons to such terrorist groups as Hizballah, Islamic Jihad and Hamas;

Iran continues to oppose the Arab-Israeli peace process and refuses to recognize Israel's right to exist;

Iran continues aggressively to seek weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them;

It is long-standing U.S. policy to offer official government to government dialogue with the Iranian regime, such offers having been repeatedly refused by Tehran;

More than a year after the election of President Khatemi, Iranian foreign policy continues to threaten American security and that of our allies in the Middle East;

Despite repeated offers and tentative steps toward rapprochement with Iran by the Clinton administration, including a decision to waive sanctions under the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act and the President's veto of the Iran Missile Proliferation Sanctions Act, Iran has failed to reciprocate in a meaningful manner.

Therefore in the sense of the Senate:

(1) the Administration should make no concessions to the government of Iran unless and until that government moderates its objectionable policies, including taking steps to end its support of international terrorism, opposition to the Middle East peace process, and the development and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery; and

(2) there should be no change in U.S. policy toward Iran until there is credible and sustained evidence of a change in Iranian pol-icies.

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