|Obama warns new sanctions would be detrimental to Iran deal||
TEHRAN – U.S. President Barack Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney has delivered a new warning that a Senate bill slapping new sanctions on Iran would be detrimental to the nuclear deal with Iran.
“I think that we remain hopeful that Congress will not pass such a sanctions bill because of the negative effect that would have on the ongoing negotiations and the potential to resolve this peacefully,” AFP quoted Carney as saying on Friday.
In December, Carney threatened Obama would veto the bill if it passed.
However, according to CNN, the Senate has moved toward a veto-proof majority supporting the legislation authorizing new economic sanctions on Iran.
The bipartisan proposal introduced by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, now has 59 senators who have formally committed to support it, a senior Senate aide has told CNN.
But the aide said that the current informal count is even higher - at 77 yes votes - and that more are expected to come on board once the undecided are forced to vote.
The bill could come to the Senate floor for consideration during the week of Obama’s State of the Union address on January 28 or the following week, the aide said.
According to Senate procedure, a bill technically becomes an Act when it has passed one chamber of Congress.
But it does not become law until the president signs it or until both the House of Representatives and the Senate have produced the necessary two-thirds vote to override a veto.
The deal, meant to provide time and space to negotiate a permanent pact, will now be sent to respective national capitals before it can be put into force.
“It could, if they were to do it, actually weaken the sanctions structure that’s in place by undermining faith among our international partners and providing Iran the opportunity to say that we have been negotiating in bad faith,” Carney said.
New sanctions would further target Iranian petroleum products and the mining, engineering and construction sectors.
It remains unclear when the sanctions bill could be brought up in the Senate. But several reports suggest that support is growing for the measure despite the administration’s intense lobbying effort.
Bernadette Meehan, a National Security Council spokeswoman, delivered a warning on Friday, saying, “If certain members of Congress want the United States to take military action, they should be up front with the American public and say so.”
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|Last Updated on 11 January 2014 16:27|