US Congress Tries to Impose New Sanctions against Iran

US Congress Tries to Impose New Sanctions against Iran
Wed Feb 3, 2016 12:34:41

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee is pushing for fresh sanctions against Iran over what senators described as “Tehran’s aggressive non-nuclear activities”. Meanwhile, the US House of Representatives voted Tuesday on legislation aimed at hindering the implementation of the nuclear accord between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries.

Senator Bob Corker, the committee’s Republican chairman, said Tuesday he is working to introduce a new package of Iran-related bills to address everything from the Islamic Republic’s recent ballistic missile tests to its alleged "human rights violations".

US Senator Bob Corker

"We are looking at ways of having a much stronger pushback on the violations that took place," Corker said of his proposed sanctions in response to Iran’s missile industry.

As part of his anti-Iran package, the Tennessee Republican is also looking to renew the soon-expiring Iran Sanctions Act, a sweeping law to restrict Iran's nuclear and missile activities through sanctions on the trade, energy, defense and banking sectors.

The launching of an Emad long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile

The measures, which are likely to come up later in February, are the latest attempts in Congress to undermine last year’s historic nuclear agreement with Iran which took effect in mid-January.

Sen. Bob Menendez

Democratic Senator Bob Menendez is also planning a separate package of measures against Iran “outside the nuclear portfolio.”

Menendez has already co-authored, along with Republican Senator Mark Kirk, a bill to extend ISA beyond 2016.

Democratic Senators Ben Cardin and Joe Manchin suggested that new sanctions against Iran’s missile program could get Democratic support, PRESS TV reports.

“It's something I'm very interested in. That was one of the reasons I could not support the original deal,” Manchin told The Hill. “On the Democratic side, I think it will be very well received.”

Meanwhile, the US House of Representatives voted Tuesday on legislation aimed at hindering the implementation of the nuclear accord between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries.

Lawmakers voted 246-181 to pass the "Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act," which blocks President Barack Obama's ability to remove certain sanctions in accordance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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