Senate Votes 99-0 to Defy Obama on Iran Sanctions

Iran Sanactions Act extension headed to president’s desk

Last month, after the House passed the renewal, Iran's top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Iran would be forced to react if the sanctions were renewed.

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An global nuclear agreement struck previous year lifted sanctions against the country that have been in place since 1996, with the understanding Iran would cut down on its nuclear program. The bill's backers say extending the law allows the USA to punish Tehran should the country fail to live up to the terms of the landmark nuclear deal.

Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) praised Congress' passage of the Iran Sanctions Extension Act, which will extend US sanctions on the middle-eastern state for 10 years.

"The practical effect of the Iran nuclear agreement depends on our resolve", Blumenthal said. However, members of Congress said they wanted ISA to be extended for another decade to send a strong signal that any United States president would have the ability to "snap back" sanctions on Iran.

Extending the sanctions "ensures President-elect Trump and his administration have the tools necessary to push back against the regime's hostile actions", said Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker, who Trump has been considering as a possible pick for secretary of state.

"We have sufficient authority through various executive orders", he added.

Once Obama signs the Iran Sanctions Extension Act, the ISA will be reauthorized through December 31, 2026.

Most members of Congress from both major parties differentiate between tearing up the nuclear deal and giving Iran a pass on other activities - something even some Democrats feel the Obama administration has done in the interest of preserving the nuclear accord.

"These authorities should remain in place as we address how best to deal with Iranian missile tests, support to Hezbollah and the Syrian regime", he said. "The ability to snap back wouldn't be there on the congressional side". "All we are doing is extending the expiration date of sanctions that are legal, already in place and a key part" of the nuclear deal, Mr. Coons told reporters Thursday.

Prior to the vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell placed blame on President Barack Obama for failing to hold Iran's sponsorship of terrorism at bay. If he did, based on the vote counts in each chamber, Congress could easily override the veto. The White House, meanwhile, has signaled that an extension of sanctions was unnecessary.

Khamenei, who supported the 2015 deal, accused the USA of "various violations" of the landmark agreement deal that required Iran to pull back from the brink of nuclear weapons capacity in exchange for an end to numerous U.S. and European sanctions that crippled its economy.

"The most recent of them is the 10-year extension of the sanctions".

"More than an outright walking away [from the deal], I think the greater threat under a Trump administration will be a "death-by-1,000-paper-cuts" scenario", she says.

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