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U.S. Senators Introduce New Iran Sanctions Bill

Washington, December 20 (RHC)-- A number of U.S. senators have introduced new legislation to impose further sanctions against Iran in order to disrupt the Geneva nuclear agreement.  In a blatant move to oppose President Barack Obama’s request for not imposing fresh sanctions, 13 Democrats and 13 Republicans sponsored the new Senate bill on Thursday.

Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sen. Robert Menendez and Sen. Mark Kirk wrote the bill, which proposes boycotting Iranian oil exports within a year and the blacklisting of Iran's mining, engineering and construction industries.  Speaking with reporters in Washington, Republican Senator Kirk claimed that the draft law is "an insurance policy to defend against Iranian deception."

Under the Senate bill, more sanctions will be imposed if Iran breaches the terms of the Geneva deal and it calls for "diplomatic, military and economic support" to Israel in case Tel Aviv decides to launch an attack against Iran’s nuclear energy program.

The new legislation will put the Barack Obama administration in peril because under the November 24th nuclear deal no new economic sanctions should be imposed for the duration of the six-month interim accord.  Last week, US Secretary of State John Kerry told senators that passing new sanctions legislation now would violate the interim deal with Iran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had warned that the agreement will be “dead” if the United States imposes additional sanctions.  Meanwhile, the U.S. announced new sanctions against a number of companies and individuals last week for “providing support for” Iran’s nuclear program.  Iran called December sanctions counterproductive, saying they might undermine the agreement. Tehran said they “violated the spirit of the Geneva deal.”
Edited by Juan Leandro
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