On Thursday, the United States Senate voted 99-0 to extend the Iran Sanctions Act for another 10 years. This follows a 419-1 vote in the US House of Representatives on November 15., and signals a very united front against the threat of Iranian violation of the nuclear deal. (Read a complete report from AIPAC here.)
However, simply because the US has the ability to reinstate sanctions on Iran doesn’t mean they will. On at least two occasions since the JCPOA (nuclear deal) was put in place, Iran has been found guilty of illegal amounts of nuclear material. In addition, they have blatantly test fired intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) capable of carrying nuclear warhead…a violation of UN sanctions.
Iran has reacted to the extended Iran Sanction Act in typical style: by insisting they are totally innocent and will respond strongly if the US violates the JCPOA by issuing sanctions.
“We are hoping that they won’t make it necessary for us to use the technical tool in countering their sanctions regime, because in that case they will definitely be the ones who lose,” warned an Iranian official.
~MEHR News Agency
President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.