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Top Senators Pledge Sanctions Legislation after Thanksgiving

By: JTA

U.S. Senate leaders pledged to revisit intensified Iran sanctions after the Thanksgiving holiday.

“The Senate must be prepared to move forward with a new bipartisan Iran sanctions bill when the Senate returns after Thanksgiving recess. And I am committed to do so,” Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the majority leader, told The Hill, a Capitol Hill daily, on Thursday. “I believe we must do everything possible to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons capability.”

Separately on Thursday, a bipartisan slate of 14 senators issued a statement saying they would work to reconcile a number of sanctions bills circulating “over the coming weeks.”

“A nuclear weapons capable Iran presents a grave threat to the national security interest of the United States and its allies and we are committed to preventing Iran from acquiring this capability,” said the statement signed by, among others, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), a leader in advancing sanctions, and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the body’s third-ranked Democrat.

The Obama administration is opposed to intensifying sanctions while negotiations with Iran are underway to stop its nuclear program in exchange for an easing of sanctions. Israel’s government and a number of lawmakers favor adding new sanctions as leverage in the talks.

However, the latest statements from senators are not inconsistent with the White House strategy; while the Obama administration has pressed the Senate not to pass new sanctions for now, it has encouraged Congress to make clear such an option is still on the table.

The third round of these talks are taking place now in Geneva.

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4 Responses to “Top Senators Pledge Sanctions Legislation after Thanksgiving”

  1. Herman Rosen says:

    AT LEAST THE SENATE HAS SEEN THE REASONING FOR MORE NOT LESS SANCTIONS AS A WAY TO FORCE IRAN TO ABANDON N BOMB AMBITIONS.
    WHAT IRAN IS LOOKING FOR WITH KERRY IS FIRST A REFUSAL OF THE CURRENT DEAL AND THEN MORE CARROTS FROM OBAMA TO SIGN.
    THE IRANIANS KNOW THAT NO ONE BUT THE U S CAN FRAME A DEAL AND KERRY WANTS ONE DESPARATELY..WHAT DID KERRY SAY AT THOSE CLOSED HEARINGS TO CONVINCE THE SENATORS THAT WE NOW HAVE A CLUELESS SECTRATARY OF STATE??

  2. Israel cannot afford a nuclear Iran, it’s just that simple. It’s my opinion that it’s very likely too late, but if Israel has intelligence that shows that a strike could set Iran back then that’s what I would suspect we will see in the not too distant future. These talks that drag on and don’t actually stop Iran from making nukes are really only helping them to complete more of their work towards their likely goal. As I have pointed out, of course Israel is serious, they have no choice. What makes anyone think that Israel can just sit by and take this big of a chance? It seems insane to me, yet that’s what were witnessing. No one has good enough intelligence at this point to know that Iran will not be able to complete their weapons program, or know that they will not cheat on this deal, so in my humble opinion it has to be shut down. Other than that I’m afraid there is likely going to be a strike. Could we be witnessing an issue that could be the trigger to the Isaiah 17 war? My own leaders are having talks that would have been helpful about a year ago, but now I have to wonder if there is even enough time for the talks to conclude. Though a strike may start a regional war, possibly the war in Is 17; waiting for a nuclear war with multiple nuclear exchanges would be a much worse war, possibly global. In 2012 I wrote a booklet that talks about some of what the Bible says will happen in the end times as well as what will happen during the seven year tribulation and other soon to take place events. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s about 6 or 7 pages, so it’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next

  3. Yes, the US senate is right, Iran shoud shut down all nuclear sites and ambityons.

  4. I urge all people that stand solidly with Israel as I do to contact your senate,congressmen immediately to add more sanctions to iran.also I want to add yesterday at 2:00 in the morning it was stated that Obama has been having secret talks with Hezbollah.he has already armed or given military money to every nation around Israel. help Israel like the bible says we should,it says bless Israel.kerryis traitor to u.s.by rubbing shoulders with Vietcong in paris duting Vietnam war,he also is saying something different than what rohani,zarif is saying .Kerry says hes not stupid I say oh yes he is if he didn't get tough and tell iran to dismantle centrifuges also the heavy water that makes plutonium for bombs if their enrichment was so innocent why were enrichments under ground,we are being laughed at by iran,i see assad is still in place

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