On Thursday, the U.S. Senate unanimously voted to renew sanctions on Iran, indicating it remained opposed to President Barack Obama’s concessions to Tehran in the final weeks before he leaves office.
The State Department was determined to ensure that Iran remained committed to arrangements set forth in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, an official told the Free Breacon.
President Barack Obama has been working in the past few months to preserve the nuclear agreement, and he has threatened to veto new sanctions, but sources said that the amount of opposition he faced could make that difficult, and congressional aides said they expected Obama would sign it, Reuters reported.
The White House suggested sanctions were unnecessary, but those statements could not stop the growing fear that Iran has continued to embrace terrorism even after the new international deal.
Sen. Mark Kirk said Obama should sign the bill immediately, since his administration has done so little to push back against the dangers of Iran’s support of terrorism, missile proliferation and human rights abuses.
“Renewal of the expiring Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 is an important first step in strengthening the safety and security of the United States and our allies, including Israel, against Iran’s grave threats,” Kirk told the Free Beacon.
The Hill reported that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, warned that extending the sanctions would violate the nuclear deal. However, members of Congress, as well as administration officials, said renewing the Iran Sanctions Act would not violate the nuclear deal Obama made with Iran last year.
Rep. Ileana Ros Lehtinen, a Florida Republican who opposed Iran’s nuclear deal, told the Free Beacon that lawmakers in Washington would persist in working against Obama’s pro-Iran efforts.
Obama must be feeling utterly defeated in his last days, as it becomes apparent that no one — even Democrats — are willing to let him get away with putting America at risk.
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