Senators to propose new Iran sanctions bill
December 19th, 2013
02:05 PM ET
9 years ago

Senators to propose new Iran sanctions bill

(CNN) - Two Senators are expected on Thursday to introduce bipartisan legislation authorizing new sanctions on Iran to apply further pressure on Tehran to curb its nuclear program.

The proposal by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, and Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican, considers the diplomatic effort underway to address the nuclear issue, giving it more time to succeed before additional sanctions would take hold.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Wait and see if Iran stands by it's commitment .

    December 19, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I can understand a Republican wanting to undermine the President's foreign policy. But, the Democrat? If they were so genuinely concerned about Iran, then why is it that they didn't take any action towards greater sanctions until a deal was announced? The sole purpose of this legislation is to undermine and undercut.

    December 19, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Iran president clearly said it will obey the UN inspectors , if found, it will remove all nuclear material. Why not we listen to Iran? Give them a chance? These senators are brain-dead I guess. Iran president Rouhani spoke to Obama. Why we impose further sanctions? It is time for us to do something to stabilize middle-east. Bush caused enough mess there. Please don't pay heed to Israel, here Israel is the biggest culprit.

    December 19, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. CB FL

    They care more about the defense contractors than they do about peace in the middle east. There is no money for re election coming from the middle east.

    December 19, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. James

    It is all about AIPAC and defense contractors paying the reelection of these senators. These people are opportunist warmongers. People should change the electoral system so that the election of Congressmen and Congresswomen and the Senators are not determined by those who do not care about peace or the US national interests.

    December 19, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC


    Wait and see if Iran stands by it's commitment .
    That's the whole idea behind the temporary, slight easing of sanctions. Meanwhile, UN inspectors get to go in.

    December 19, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. tl sc

    Let go and let god he is in control anyway

    December 19, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. jinx9to88

    Something tells me the GOP wants this Iran deal to fail so they can blame Obama. Give Iran the 6 months then do more sanctions. Iran has already agreed to let inspectors in to review the plants. This is a lot further then the previous moron we had as a president.

    December 19, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. ora pike

    obama/kerry "iran you have to give up your enriched uranium and we will give up some santions". Iran says "we will not give up one single enriched uranium product". obama/kerry so they can look good "ok–we give up some santions"l. THIS IS SO DUMB IT FITS WITH OBAMACARE-YOU CAN KEEP YOUR INSURANCE .

    December 19, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Making new threats once agreement and compromise have been reached and the parties are currently carrying out the terms of an agreement is strong-arming, bad faith and generally blows up negotiations and kills the threatened parties' willingness to follow through. Perhaps that's what this is actually intended to do. Gotta keep those defense contractors and their lobbyists happy I suppose.

    It's not like this kind of thing can't be passed pretty quickly if and when there are indications of Iran failing to meet its obligations here. These guys are jumping the gun, signaling the other party that we are already preparing to break faith and injecting unnecessary rancor into the negotiations before there is any need for proposing anything.

    December 19, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |