18 February 2018

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12/02/2016 IRAN - USA

US Senate approves the extension of sanctions against Tehran

Iran Sanctions Act provides for the extension to 10 years of sanctions. The text approved by 99 votes in favor, 0 votes against. Previously, the Chamber had given the green light to the law. It now needs the signature of outgoing President Obama. The point people of the future Trump administration, include the head of the CIA, ready to cancel the international agreement. Approval in Israel.


Washington (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The US Senate has approved the extension for another 10 years of US sanctions against Iran. According to the US administration the vote is not contrary to the international agreement on the nuclear program signed last year, but allows enables a swift return to sanctions in case of violations. The measure passed by a vote of Republicans and Democrats, and now awaits the signature of the President (outgoing, his mandate expires in January) Barack Obama.

Iran Sanctions Act was approved yesterday with 99 votes in favor, 0 votes against. It provides for punitive measures against Iran's banking sector, as well as the energy sector and those relating to defense-related industries.

Last November a similar vote was held in the House, where the measure was also passed by a large majority with a bipartisan vote.

The law has no direct link to the nuclear deal, better known by the acronym Jcpoa. However, experts warn, some restrictions in the text are in fact contrary to the spirit of that agreement. Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein and Tim Kain explains that "the law [on sanctions] must remain in place" to allow "immediate turnabout" in case of violations.

After years of embargo, in 2015, Iran has obtained a partial easing of Western economic sanctions, in exchange for agreement on the controversial atomic program. The agreement was positively received by the majority of the international community, but criticized by Israel and the US Congress (majority Republican).  The first moves of the new president Donald Trump are widely anticipated.

Last month, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had threatened "reactions” shoud the US approve the norm that extends the sanctions. For Iran's supreme leader this law is a "violation" of the nuclear agreement, which "must not become a tool to put pressure on the Iranian people."

President Trump, who will enter the White House next January 20; now has a free hand in boosting sanctions against Tehran.

During his election campaign the US billionaire repeatedly criticized, even using harsh words, the international agreement and he could possible make a u-turn, accepting the directions of some of his closest associates, including the new CIA head Mike Pompeo. Following his appointment Pompey tweeted that he is ready to "pick up" a deal that he described as "disastrous"; words that, in the following days, were widely reported in the Israeli media.

See also

26/02/2008 IRAN
Doubts of the IAEA over the Iranian bomb bring Tehran toward new sanctions
The report of the UN atomic energy agency asserts that it has never had "credible assurances" on the military program, which according to U.S. intelligence had been ended in 2003. "Sanctions will not stop us", says Ahmadinejad.

26/07/2007 IRAN – ONU
For Tehran nuclear programme “like breathing”
Iran confirms its intention to go ahead with its uranium enrichment programme, but although taking a hard line on the matter it is still trying to find a deal with UN representatives to stop a new round of sanctions.

12/01/2018 09:46:00 IRAN - EU - USA
Europe against Trump, try to save the Iranian nuclear deal

London, Paris and Berlin are working to preserve an pact essential for international security. The JCPO must be maintained, while imposing new "red lines" on the Islamic Republic. But the unpredictability of the US president weighs on efforts. White House decision on the extension of the terms expected today.

26/04/2017 11:08:00 IRAN - UNITED STATES
Vienna, uncertainty shrouds tenability of Iranian nuclear agreement

Iran and the main international powers met yesterday in the Austrian capital. Focus of "closed door meeting" the "respect" of the terms of the agreement. Tensions between Washington and Tehran are increasing. Iranian Minister: The United States respects neither the spirit or the terms of the agreement. 

01/06/2006 IRAN
US adopts 'stick and carrot' approach to stop Iranian nuclear programme
With Washington's offer of "direct talks" with Tehran on the table, the five permanent Security Council members and Germany meet tonight in Vienna.

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