(PITTSBURGH) – Calling for increased international pressure on Iran after they test-fired nine missiles today, John McCain called for "meaningful sanctions" to modify that country's behavior.
"History shows us that when nations are embarked on paths that could jeopardize the security of the region and the world, then other action besides diplomacy has to be contemplated and taken," McCain said, advocating financial, trade, and other economic sanctions. "It is time to make the Iranians understand that this kind of violation of international treaties, this kind of threatening of their neighbors, this kind of continued military activity, is not without cost."
He also argued that the group that fired the missiles should have been labeled a terrorist organization, an act Barack Obama disagreed with. "This missile test was conducted by Iranian Revolutionary Guard. This is the same organization that I voted to condemn as a terrorist organization," McCain said. "Sen. Obama refused to vote, called it provocative, called it a provocative step. The fact is, this is a terrorist organization, and should have been branded as such."
McCain also took a shot at Obama over today's FISA vote in the Senate.
"He was opposed to FISA in the past and now he is supporting it," McCain said. "Not the first change in position." McCain has voiced his support for the bill, which protects telecommunication companies from prosecution for turning over phone records.