US House debates resolution to reject Iran ‘containment’

By JTA
May 16, 2012 12:27

WASHINGTON - The US House of Representatives debated a resolution that rejects containment of a nuclear Iran on Tuesday evening.

The non-binding resolution "strongly supports United States policy to prevent the government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability, rejects any United States policy that would rely on efforts to contain a nuclear weapons-capable Iran; and urges the president to reaffirm the unacceptability of an Iran with nuclear-weapons capability and opposition to any policy that would rely on containment as an option in response to the Iranian nuclear threat."

President Obama has in recent months made explicit his opposition to "containment" and his preference for "prevention."

The resolution, introduced by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, has 314 sponsors. The House did not immediately vote on the resolution, rolling over debate until Wednesday.

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