U.S. Senators submit sactions bill that could ‘kill’ Iran deal

At least there is still some common sense left in the world.

“Senators submit sactions bill that could ‘kill’ Iran deal,” The Times of Israel, December 19:

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of US senators on Thursday introduced new sanctions legislation that Iran has warned could “kill” its interim nuclear agreement with the six world powers. The “Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act” initiative was headed up by senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).

The bill came as talks over the implementation of the interim agreement resumed in Geneva Thursday after a nearly week-long hiatus.

Menendez has long been known to be working together with Kirk to prepare the bill that would place further sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

The Obama administration has campaigned heavily against such legislation, arguing that it would limit the possibility of reaching a comprehensive deal with Tehran. In turn, Menendez has suggested that the proposed sanctions would only kick in after the conclusion of the six-month period covered by the interim deal, in the event that no long-term comprehensive agreement is reached to limit Iran’s nuclear weapons production capacity.

On Thursday, Menendez’s co-sponsor drew attention to a “powerful” advertisement published by Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel in The New York Times, in which Wiesel urged the Senate to move forward with new sanctions legislation. “We should and we will,” Kirk promised via his official Twitter account.

Earlier in December, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that the imposition of new sanctions by Congress would kill the deal hammered out through months of negotiations in Geneva, and lately in Vienna.

In an interview with Time Magazines, Zarif was asked what would happen if Congress imposed new sanctions, noting that the legislation could be worded to include a six-months hold during the period of the interim agreement.

Zarif’s answer was succinct: “The entire deal is dead.”

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