WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement on the announcement of new sanctions on 11 individuals and entities tied to Iran’s ballistic missile program:

“I applaud today's announcement of new sanctions against Iran's ballistic missile program. Iran's missile program poses a direct threat to our allies and continues to destabilize the region.  Iranian leaders should be on notice that the nuclear deal won't excuse their continued dangerous behavior. With the nuclear deal now in place, we must be more vigilant than ever to hold Iran to its commitments and continue to crack down on its harmful activities.”