Despite bipartisan support for new sanctions against Iran, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has “no plans… to allow a vote” on sanctions “in the near future.”
According to The Washington Post, senate aides indicate that support for new sanctions is growing, and the “Obama administration [is urging] lawmakers not to impose new sanctions while the U.S. and five other world powers negotiate with Iran on a permanent deal to ensure that it cannot develop nuclear weapons.”
On January 10th, Iran’s nuclear envoy, Abbas Araghchi, said he expected the countries involved in talks “to respond within two days about whether they accept the terms of an interim agreement.”
Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) “have introduced a proposal to impose a new round of sanctions if Iran backed away from an agreement.”
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