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US Senate approves Iran sanctions bill

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The US Senate Banking Committee has approved a controversial bill that would trigger additional sanctions against Iran if the ongoing nuclear negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries collapse.

On Thursday, lawmakers in the Senate panel voted 18 to 4 to advance the bipartisan legislation sponsored by hawkish Senators Robert Menendez and Mark Kirk, despite warnings from the Obama administration that the new sanctions risked derailing the talks with Iran.

The full Senate is expected to vote on the so-called Kirk-Menendez bill by March 24.

“It is clear that further action is necessary to compel Iran to reach an acceptable agreement, which is why I strongly support this critical bill,” committee chairman Senator Richard Shelby said after the vote.

Before the vote, Senator Sherrod Brown, the top Democrat on the US Senate Banking Committee, urged panel members to wait until June to pass the sanctions bill.

“Congress should have the collective patience to wait until the end of June to see whether our negotiators can resolve the nuclear issue with Iran through diplomacy,” said Brown, who voted against the measure.

Iran and the P5+1 states – the US, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany – are in talks to narrow their differences and pave the way for a final, long-term accord aimed at putting an end to the 12-year-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

But the Republican-dominated Congress is pushing a new round of sanctions on Iran, which could be part of its agenda in the coming weeks.

President Barack Obama has vowed to veto the final Kirk-Menendez bill if it is put on his desk after passing both houses of Congress.

The illegal sanctions on Iran have been imposed based on the unfounded accusation that Tehran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear program.

Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.

Press TV

12 Comments on "US Senate approves Iran sanctions bill"

  1. redpill on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 8:02 pm 

    Just can’t wait for Bibi’s profound and rational talkie with congress!

    So let’s say he get’s his wish and we have war with Iran. How does Israel not get severely pounded. Is Bibi thinking we’ll go INTO Iran to protect his big mouth?

    Reminds me of a story my father related to me about a shit-talking member of his youthful social group that was always getting the group into fights. That is until one day when mouthy did his bit and the rest of the group said to those mouthy had pissed off “hey, we’re cool and we’re out of here.”
    Mouthy wasn’t so mouthy after that day.

  2. Speculawyer on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 10:03 pm 

    Some people are too vested in keeping the boogeyman alive to scare people with. :-/

  3. Speculawyer on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 10:05 pm 

    Redpill . . . I find your mouthy metaphor to be quite apt.

  4. Makati1 on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 10:14 pm 

    With China and Russia at it’s back, Iran is not exactly quaking in it’s sandals.

  5. bobinget on Sat, 31st Jan 2015 10:22 am 

    WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help turn back Islamic State forces.

    Hagel, who announced his resignation under pressure in November, told CNN all options must be considered in Iraq, including sending troops for non-combat roles such as gathering intelligence and locating Islamic State targets.

    “I think it may require a forward deployment of some of our troops …,” he said. “I would say we’re not there yet. Whether we get there or not, I don’t know.”

    Hagel’s comments echoed testimony by General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to Congress last fall when he said U.S. troops might have to take a larger role on the ground in Iraq.

    Such a deployment would be in addition to the 4,500 U.S. troops already committed to training and advising roles in Iraq.

  6. Boat on Sat, 31st Jan 2015 1:06 pm 

    China and Russia combined have less than 6,000 military aircraft. The US has over 13,000. OK, lets throw in the rest of the free world and add up some numbers. Get back with me on that info, will ya?

  7. Boat on Sat, 31st Jan 2015 1:11 pm 

    Panetta, Hagel, Hilary, most Republicans are all war hawks. I worry more about them than I do Russia, China, North Korea. Putin and UN can scream like wild men but our current prez just sanctions them which is great. Actual war, nobody wins.

  8. penury on Sat, 31st Jan 2015 2:52 pm 

    So we are negotiating with Iran? Bullshite Congress cannot even negotiate with each other, the President thinks negotiation is his talking points are law. The USA thinks negotiation is when everyone accepts our point of view.; When what you have is a hammer all problems look like nails. When all you have is the largest military in the world you do not negotiate.

  9. Makati1 on Sat, 31st Jan 2015 9:29 pm 

    penury, you are correct. Diplomacy is dead in the US and therefore, in their NATO stooge governments. War feeds the US economy and is all that is keeping it alive.

    Boat, how many missiles does it take to decimate Europe or the US? Who cares how many worn-out/obsolete planes the West has? When it comes down to the wire, missiles will fly, not planes.

  10. Tom on Sat, 31st Jan 2015 9:35 pm 

    If Middle East oil goes up in flames, a western military that runs on oil and needs it near the battle front, will not function quite as well as we might wish.

  11. Davy on Sun, 1st Feb 2015 7:39 am 

    Mak, you are a hypocrite and a liar. This is the result of distorted agendas and propaganda. They always end in hypocrisy and lies because distorted agendas have to reality test. When they oppose reality then reality sweeps the lies and distortions away by the truth. The person with the agenda becomes more desperate to maintain the lies and hypocrisies in the face of a crumbling sandcastle. That is you Mak in a nutshell.

    I am trying to imagine why you are this way and all I can figure is it is mental illness and a cognitive dissonance for a failed US life and a poor decision to migrate. Why else would you be so forceful and obsessed about your distorted promotion of Asia and the P’s. It has to be mental illness in desperation. I take this personally because I daily have to read your junk comments directed at me and my home. I am a flag waiver but it is an upside down flag of distress.

    I can’t stand the blame game here. This is precisely what will ensure our global suicide. I accept this blame game here because it is widespread in society as a whole. How can one fight something so pervasive in the micro and macro? I too am part of it because to fight it you have to stoop to its level. I too am a hypocrite but I admit it. I am not a self-righteous butthole preaching agendas and propaganda of a failed region. I am not a hypocrite that will not acknowledge hypocrisy.

  12. Davy on Sun, 1st Feb 2015 8:16 am 

    Mak, get a friggen grip man the west and in particular the US has the military inventory to destroy Russia and China in a WWIII. The same is true of Russia and China. You have an agenda of the destruction of the west so you discount any advantages the west has. It is even worse than that you use selective facts and distortions to diminish the west as a power against the east you glorify.

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