Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Bipartisan Iran Sanctions Bill Targeting Revolutionary Guards

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, delivering a speech during a meeting in Tehran, Sept. 9, 2015.

Earlier on Thursday, the US Senate voted almost unanimously to impose new sanctions against Iran and Russian Federation.

The US Senate's move is "unquestionably in breach of both the spirit and the letter of the JCPOA", said Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on global affairs, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed upon by Iran and six major powers, including the US, in 2015.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on June 11 that the move to impose new sanctions on Iran will scupper a successful implementation of the nuclear accord, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The bill, which passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last month by a vote of 18 to 3, imposed "new measures to punish Tehran for ballistic missile tests and the engagements of the country's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps", The Washington Post reported.

The legislation still must pass the Republican-led House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump to become law. Iran today condemned new sanctions adopted by the US Senate and vowed to respond with "reciprocal and adequate measures".

The bill seeks to target businesses and financial institutions that have commercial dealings with any entity designated by the USA for playing a role in Iran's ballistic missile program.

"No measure will be able to deny the Islamic Republic of Iran from its legitimate defense right", he added.
Iran says it is not involved in any such missile work and has no such warheads.

Araqchi said the Senate action is "shameful" and shows "confusion" on the part of the US toward the Middle East.

In January 2016, inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) determined that Iran had fulfilled its obligations under the deal and the U.S. and European countries eased the sanctions imposed against the Islamic republic.

  • Larry Hoffman