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Obama Threatens to Veto New Bipartisan Iran Sanctions Bill

December 19, 2013 8:25 pm 3 comments

President Obama addressing the nation about the Iran nuclear deal. Photo: White House.

JNS.orgPresident Barack Obama has threatened to veto a new bipartisan Iran sanctions bill introduced in the Senate on Thursday.

The bill—sponsored by a group of 26 senators, 13 Democrats and 13 Republicans—says that Congress must certify Iran’s compliance to the interim nuclear deal every 30 days, and includes “prospective sanctions” that expand economic and financial restrictions on Iran’s energy and banking sections if Iran violates the deal. It also includes language requiring strong American action if Israel launches a pre-emptive strike on the Iran nuclear program.

Major Jewish groups support the bill.

“The bill presents the [Iranian] regime with a clear choice: give up your nuclear weapons pursuit or face sanctions that will totally cripple your economy,” said Michael Kassen, president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

“Until there are tangible, verifiable deeds by Iran to permanently end its quest for nuclear-weapons capability, Congress is doing the right thing, sending a strong message to Iran that it will pay a heavy price if a permanent agreement on its nuclear program is not achieved,” said American Jewish Committee Executive Director David Harris.

At a press conference, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the bill could undermine diplomatic efforts underway with Iran and hinted that Obama would veto the bill if it landed on his desk.

“Passing new sanctions legislation now will undermine our efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution,” Carney said.

Senate leaders believe the bill is necessary to force Iran to stick to the interim deal.

3 Comments

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    Impeach Obama!

  • President Obama’s dealing with the Iranian crisis is both counterproductive and undeniably lacking in the most intuitive understanding of the Mindset which is Khamenei’s. Such a combination of a total misread of Iran’s intentions as well as a dogmatic, narrow-minded approach to mediating Iran’s current actions in terms of its continuing to refine its stock of fissionable materials will, in the end, prove fatal for Israel, the United States, the rest of the West, China, Japan, India, Africa, and the Sunni Middle East. Why would any rational-minded, clearly thinking, leader of a Western nation negotiate with a classic totalitarian theocracy whose leadership reads history as the total and absolute usurpation of the entire world in a gestalt practice of Sha’ria Law? There is a reason for the check and balance system upon the American federal government was established: to ensure that no one branch of government can monopolize the operation of the government. In the case of Iran, this American president will effectively create an international crisis in the long run with a veto of a bipartisan proposed piece of litigation which would force Iran’s hand to back down from nuclear proliferation.

  • let him veto,when the negotiations fail,and they will, it will be Obamas problem , by then he will be a lame duck president.

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