Friday, December 20, 2013
Defying Obama, Senators Propose New Iran Sanctions
The Obama administration has raised concern over introducing a bill that could impose new sanctions on Iran, and earlier this month Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that any nuclear deal would be “dead” if that happened—even if they didn’t take effect for six months.
Those warnings seem to have fallen on deaf ears, however, as a bipartisan group of 26 senators introduced a bill Thursday that would do just that.
Fox News has the details:
“Current sanctions brought Iran to the negotiating table and a credible threat of future sanctions will require Iran to cooperate and act in good faith at the negotiating table,” Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said in a statement. Menendez and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., introduced the legislation, which is sponsored by 13 Democrats and 13 Republicans.
Commenting on the bill, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said: "We don't think it will be enacted, we certainly don't think it should be enacted."