Senate Passes New Iran Sanctions Bill 98-2

Today's vote was the most significant blow the Republican President has received from the Republican Congress.

The sanctions come on the back of numerous rounds of other punitive measures taken by the US and the European Union in response to Russia's military intervention in Ukraine and its annexation of the country's Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said that Moscow views the proposed sanctions “negatively, ” adding that the Russian leadership is “attentively monitoring” the situation. "Pretty good rate of return".

The Senate maintains that the Iran sanctions that target its ballistic missile programme, destabilizing activities in the region and support for terrorist groups do not violate the Iran nuclear deal, which saw an easing of other sanctions.

He emphasized that Iran closely examines the content and ratification process of the bill and said the Iranian committee tasked with monitoring the JCPOA implementation would resolutely adopt proportionate and reciprocal measures to fulfill the country's national interests. In a series of tweets, Kerry urged lawmakers to "tread carefully" in pushing ahead with new Iran sanctions in the wake of President Hassan Rouhani's re-election to another four-year term.

The U.S. Senate passed a bill on toughening sanctions against Russian Federation and increased pressure on Iran.

The Trump administration reportedly is weighing the return of Russian compounds on US soil seized by the Obama administration, and the president has repeatedly expressed a desire for better relations with Moscow while downplaying the impact of Russia's cyber activities.

Yet Trump hasn't sought to rebuke Moscow.

The intelligence community, however, has concluded that Russian Federation played a role in the presidential election held last November.

The measure is meant to punish Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 USA election, its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and support for Syria's government in the six-year-long civil war. The Banking committee is key in crafting any sanctions legislation due to its oversight of the financial sector.

The energy-specific sanctions generated sharp criticism from Germany and Austria, which said the penalties could affect European businesses involved in piping in Russian natural gas.

Earlier Moscow said that the plans of the American senators threaten to turn into a new "sanctions peak".

The other senator voting no, Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky, told The Washington Examiner that he doesn't favor any new measures against Iran or Russian Federation.

  • Larry Hoffman