by Stephen Lendman
Last July, House members overwhelmingly passed new Iranian sanctions. A companion Senate bill didn’t follow. Members of both parties want one.
He called doing so “bipartisan legislation proposing prospective sanctions on Iran should the regime violate the interim Joint Plan of Action agreed to in Geneva or should Iran fail to reach a final agreement.”
“Simultaneously, it gives the Administration continued flexibility and up to one year from the conclusion of an implementing agreement to pursue a diplomatic track resulting in the complete and verifiable termination of Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program.”
“Current sanctions brought Iran to the negotiating table and a credible threat of future sanctions will require Iran to cooperate and act in good faith at the negotiating table.”“The Iranians last week blamed the Administration for enforcing sanctions; now, they criticize Congress.”“The burden rests with Iran to negotiate in good faith and verifiably terminate its nuclear weapons program.”“Prospective sanctions will influence Iran’s calculus and accelerate that process toward achieving a meaningful diplomatic resolution.”
“The American people rightfully distrust Iran’s true intentions and they deserve an insurance policy to defend against Iranian deception during negotiations.”
“This is a responsible, bipartisan bill to protect the American people from Iranian deception, and I urge the Majority Leader to give the American people an up or down vote.”
“We believe a diplomatic solution to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capacity, a threat to the entire world, is vital,” said Siegal.“We stand firmly with President Obama as he and our P5+1 allies seek to negotiate a comprehensive agreement.”“We recognize economic sanctions have been successful in bringing Iran to the negotiating table, as well as in expressing the resolve of the global community.”“The threat of additional sanctions, with the appropriate Presidential waivers in this legislation, ensures that Iran knows this and all other options are on the table should negotiations fail.”
“By putting in place broader and deeper sanctions that would kick in after a year, the legislation makes clear to Iran the severe economic price it will pay if it does not negotiate seriously and plays for time.”“It also gives the administration time to pursue negotiations to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program.”
“(T)he the administration has also sent a message to those who may think now is the time to pursue new business opportunities with Iran by announcing a series of enforcement actions last week against entities found to be evading sanctions against Iran and providing support for its nuclear program.”
“Enhanced sanctions together with negotiations will sustain the utmost pressure on a regime that poses a threat to America and our closest allies in the Middle East and offer a greater chance of achieving success through diplomacy.”
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is another extremist Zionist organization. It called proposed Senate legislation “an important contribution toward a successfully negotiated end to Iran’s nuclear program.”
AIPAC, ADL, JFNA, and JCPA, want Iran’s nuclear program dismantled. They want stiffer sanctions imposed. They want Iran materially weakened.
“Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry have devoted much time since the Geneva deal to persuading Congress not to approve additional sanctions on Iran.”
“Perhaps their time would be better spent pushing the Iranian negotiators to stop posturing and stonewalling.”