|U.S. administration opposes new Iran sanctions||
TEHRAN – State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki has said that imposing new sanctions on Iran, even those that are delayed, would be counterproductive and could “unravel the unity” of the six world powers working to implement the recent nuclear deal with Iran.
“It could certainly put the negotiations that we have all worked so hard on that we believe is the best chance we’ve had in a decade to achieve a peaceful outcome at risk,” Psaki told reporters on Monday.
Psaki said Secretary of State John Kerry was scheduled to make an appeal against passing new sanctions during a hearing Tuesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Two U.S. senators were preparing legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran in six months if an interim deal on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program goes nowhere, Reuters reported on Monday.
The Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, and Republican Senator Mark Kirk were close to agreeing on legislation that would target Iran’s remaining oil exports, foreign exchange reserves and strategic industries, the report added.
The White House last week said it opposed an effort by some members of the Senate to impose new sanctions on Iran, even if they would not take effect for months.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told TIME Magazine on Saturday that the new sanctions would kill the agreement.
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