Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Roskam Condemns Iran’s Detention of American Sailors

Jan 13, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Peter Roskam released the following statement in response to the Iranian Regime detaining 10 American sailors:

“First and foremost, I’m glad to hear our sailors have been released from Iranian custody. Our men and women in uniform make sacrifices every day to keep us safe. They truly represent the best among us – and those who wish them harm are not our friends.

“It is completely unacceptable for an adversarial regime to detain American service personnel for any amount of time, be it 1 day or 444 days. I’m deeply disturbed by reports that our sailors were videotaped and photographed for propaganda purposes – a possible violation of the Geneva Convention – and that a female sailor was forced to wear a hijab. This incident illustrates a level of disrespect among the regime not just for the United States, but for the basic principles of human dignity agreed to by all civilized nations.

“President Obama promised us that his nuclear deal would usher in an era of moderation and reform in Iran. Instead, the emboldened Mullahs have launched ballistic missiles in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, targeted American ships in the Persian Gulf, and continued their support for terrorist groups across the globe. They continue to hold 4 American citizens against their will, including Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian.

“Last night, President Obama boasted of  American power and military might. Make no mistake about it – this incident is a consequence of American weakness and fecklessness.

Per Reuters, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, the head of Iran’s armed forces, says this incident ‘should be a lesson’  to Members of Congress who oppose Iranian aggression. He’s right.”

Earlier today, Congressman Roskam spoke on the House floor in support of the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act:

Roskam speaks in support of the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act