Iran Sanctions Legislation 2013

December 20, 2013 by  

Iran Sanctions Legislation 2013, Twenty-six senators, half of them Democrats, defied President Obama on Thursday by introducing a bill that could impose new sanctions on Iran — despite urgent pleas from the White House to shelve the legislation.

Several sources told Fox News that White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and other top officials had been calling top Democrats over the last 24 hours urging them not to move forward. After it was introduced, Obama’s chief spokesman, Jay Carney, said the bill could “derail” nuclear talks and “divide the international community.” The White House also threatened to veto.

But the senators pushed the legislation arguing that it could help bring about a better deal in the end. The bill calls for “prospective sanctions” that go into effect if Tehran violates the nuclear deal it reached with world powers last month or lets it expire without a long-term accord.

The measures include a global boycott on Iranian oil exports within one year and the blacklisting of Iran’s mining, engineering and construction industries. The goal, according to supporters, is to strengthen the negotiating leverage of the Obama administration as it seeks to pressure Iran into a comprehensive agreement next year that would eliminate the risk of the Islamic republic developing nuclear weapons.

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