In recent weeks, Iran has been accused of providing financial support for the Hamas attack on Israel in several reports. The Biden administration, on the other hand, has stated that there is no concrete evidence of the government’s involvement.
Notably, there have been multiple attacks on military bases abroad housing U.S. personnel by groups with ties to Iran since the events of October 7. As a response to these events, congressional Republicans have passed a resolution aimed at addressing the situation involving the Middle Eastern nation.
House Resolution 559, brought forward by Representatives Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Michael McCaul (R-TX), was successfully approved in the House on November 1. The vote count stood at 354 in favor, 53 against, and 25 members abstaining from voting. This decision was made through a process referred to as the “suspension of the rules,” requiring a two-thirds majority for passage, a threshold that it comfortably achieved.
The resolution affirms the United States’ commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. It asserts that Iran has persistently accumulated and enhanced its uranium reserves with the specific aim of achieving this goal. This assertion is supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has verified Iran’s uranium enrichment at 60% purity and has identified enriched particles at a nuclear facility reaching 83.7%. To be suitable for weapons, uranium must undergo enrichment to a level of 90%.
Resolution 559 further emphasizes the absolute prohibition of Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon, regardless of any circumstances or conditions. It also states the United States’ commitment to endorsing and acknowledging the efforts of its allies and partners in preventing the Iranian government from obtaining a nuclear weapon, even if it requires the use of all available measures.
In a statement, Stefanik criticized President Joe Biden for pursuing a nuclear deal with Iran, similar to the one that former President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from in 2017. She accused the Iranian government of supporting Hamas, an organization hostile to the U.S.’s key ally, Israel.
Stefanik stressed that it is now more vital than ever to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. She also asserted that the United States should back the use of all available means to achieve this goal.