Obama spokesman warns over Iran bill

US President Barack Obamaâ„¢s spokesman Jay Carney has issued a warning against a new anti-Iran sanctions bill introduced by some hawkish US senators.

Carney said on Friday that any new sanctions legislation against Iran would be detrimental to the ongoing negotiations aimed at resolving the Westâ„¢s decade-long dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program.

In mid December, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) introduced a new anti-Iran sanctions bill which is now being backed by 59 senators.

Carney said the Obama administration does not think the legislation Å“will be enacted” and reiterated that Obama will veto the bill.

Å“I think that we remain hopeful that Congress will not pass such a sanctions bill because of the negative effect that would have on the ongoing negotiations,” he said.

Å“We don’t think it will be enacted. If it were enacted, the president would veto it,” Carney added.

According to Senate procedure, when a bill passes either the House of Representatives or the Senate, it technically becomes an Act.

Nevertheless, it will not become a law until the president signs it or until both chambers of US Congress produce the veto-proof two-thirds vote.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has already passed a sanctions bill against Iran by a 400-20 vote.

For Senate hawks to override Obamaâ„¢s veto, at least 67 senators should vote for the new anti-Iran sanctions bill. Meanwhile, it is still unclear when the bill could be brought up in the Senate.

The new anti-Iran efforts on Capitol Hill comes as representatives of Iran and the European Union have said Å“very good progress” has been made in talks over the implementation of the interim nuclear deal reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the US, Britain, Russia, France and China — plus Germany on November 24.

Iranian Foreign Minister and top nuclear negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif has already warned that any new sanctions against Iran passed by US Congress would kill Å“the entire deal.”


Source: Press TV