PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE 106th CONGRESS, 2nd SESSION
Washington, Monday, October 30, 2000
House of Representatives
RUSSIAN ARMS SALES TO IRAN
Thursday, October 26, 2000
RUSSIAN ARMS SALES TO IRAN Hon. Joseph R. Pitts of Pennsylvania
(Mr. PITTS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. PITTS. Mr. Speaker, there is no greater sponsor of terrorism in the world than the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran has taken
Americans for hostages, given weapons to suicide bombers, and taken the lead in the movement to wipe Israel off the face of
the earth. There is no government more radical, more extremist, or more dangerous to our national interests.
So why did Vice President Al Gore cut a deal with the Russians to allow weapons sales to Iran? Al Gore himself when he was
Senator introduced the Iran-Iraq Arms Nonproliferation Act in 1992. And now he winks and nods to Viktor Chernomyrdin,
letting him know it is okay to violate American national interests.
Mr. Speaker, the recent bombing of the U.S.S. Cole demonstrated again how serious a threat terrorism is to America and her
allies. It is a violation of law to tell Russians it is okay to sell arms to Iran. Worse, it places American lives at risk. And now they
are trying to hide it from Congress. We expect better judgment from a man who wants to be our President.