Wednesday, 24 July, 2019

Iran sanctions extension act to become law without Obama’s signature

A bill extending U.S. sanctions against Iran for 10 years will become law without US President Barack Obama’s signature, but will not affect implementation of the international accord limiting Iran’s nuclear program, the White House said on Thursday.

The announcement represents an apparent reversal by the administration, after it said previously Obama would likely sign the act passed by Congress last month extending some sanctions on Tehran and also making it easier to reimpose others lifted under the 2015 nuclear pact.

“This Administration has made clear that an extension of the Iran Sanctions Act, while unnecessary, is entirely consistent with our commitments in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Consistent with this longstanding position, the extension of the Iran Sanctions Act is becoming law without the President’s signature,” a White House statement said.

In response to the U.S. sanctions move, Iran ordered its scientists on Tuesday to start developing systems for nuclear-powered marine vessels.

That action by Tehran is expected to stoke tensions with Washington, already heightened by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to scrap the deal under which Iran curbed its nuclear fuel production activities in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

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1 Comment

  1. Amir

    December 17, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    This is my dilemma; As Iranian-American, I feel that I have been stuck between hell and heaven. At one side, I am happy that Iran is on the path of normalizing its relationships with major countries, and on the other side, I am upset that why, as American citizen, I will not be allowed to feel comfortable regarding the positive relationship between Iran and USA that was supposed to happen since JPOA signed in July of 2015.
    In July of 2015, after almost 36 years of hostilities between two countries, I finally felt good since both countries decided to work together rather going after each other’s neck. Now, there are some Neo Conservatives in new U.S. administration and some elements on Iranian side that are not going to let these hostilities go to the dungeon of the history. I put my head together; I squeeze my brain out to find out why these elements of hostilities won’t let the peace take over the hate.
    I think the new U.S. administration is afraid of exodus of money from US to Iran when relationship between two countries is normalized; embassies open and Iranian- American start investing in Iran in large scales. We all know that Iranian- Americans are financially very strong community in United States, there is no double about. I believe the extension of 10- year sanction towards Iran in sully for the purpose of such fear that the possibilities of such behavior, investing in Iran, among Iranian- Americans are highly probable.
    I think the reason that President Obama did not sign the 10-year sanction against Iran is sully for the purpose of throwing the ball to the other side, the Republican Party side. Now Republican Party has to play a very hard ballgame in UN that outcome may isolate the U.S. from the rest of the world due to its flip flopping actions.
    It is like a man with heart attacks, one after another; brain gets slow and actions are judgmental.
    It is all about the money.

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