From: The Honorable Mike Pompeo
Bill: H.R. 5333
Cosponsor H.R. 5333, the No Impunity for Iranian Aggression at Sea Act
On January 12, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) boarded two U.S. Navy riverine boats, crewed by 10 American sailors. At gunpoint, the Iranians forced our sailors to kneel in surrender, hands on their heads. The IRGC blindfolded, interrogated, and detained the sailors for 16 hours, photographing and videotaping the incident. The Iranians stole equipment and required the female sailor to wear a head covering. Multiple Iranian state-run media outlets used these materials later as propaganda.
The No Impunity for Iranian Aggression at Sea Act requires the Obama administration to investigate in a report:
- Geneva Convention: If and how Iran violated the Geneva Convention in this incident. Articles 13, 14, and 17 of the Geneva Convention are all applicable to this adversarial encounter.
- Innocent Passage: If and how Iran violated the doctrine of innocent passage. The principle of innocent passage gives all vessels the right to transit another country’s territorial waters, a right which Iran violated.
- $1.7 Billion Payment: If the $1.7 billion the U.S. paid to Iran five days after this incident was paid in order to secure the release of these sailors or the five Americans that Iran held hostage.
HR 5333 mandates that if the Geneva Convention or right of innocent passage were violated, the President must impose mandatory sanctions on each Iranian responsible, including travel/immigration sanctions and blocking/prohibiting of all transactions in property in the U.S.
This is the companion bill to Senator Cornyn’s S. 2984. To add your boss as a cosponsor, or for more information, please contact Reagan Thompson in my office at
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