Uncertain future in House for Senate's Russia sanctions bill

Katrina Soto
June 21, 2017

On Sunday, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said the Iranian committee monitoring the JCPOA implementation has come up with plans to take reciprocal measures in retaliation to the USA bill.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the Republican chairman of the Armed Services Committee, says the House should vote immediately on the Russian Federation sanctions package.

According to the Agency, instead of a quick vote, hoped for the supporters of the sanctions bill referred to the Committee on foreign Affairs to evaluate its content.

The US Senate's passage of a new anti-Iran bill was carefully discussed in a recent session of the committee supervising the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and the necessary decisions about reciprocal measures were made, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said Sunday. If approved by the House, the Iranian portion of the bill will impose sanctions against individuals who have provided "material contributions" to the Iranian state sponsorship of terrorism, including the supply of technical or financial aid.

"It will slow the process and give the White house time to blur the key efforts of the Kremlin to justice", he said and demanded an immediate vote on the bill.

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The US Senate on Thursday passed a bill on new sanctions against Iran.

In order for the new Senate bill to become law, it must still pass the US House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump.

Despite allegations by the USA intelligence community that Moscow played a role in the presidential vote last November, Trump has supported improving relations with America's former Cold War foe. Tillerson said during congressional testimony last week that President Donald Trump needs to have "the flexibility to adjust sanctions to meet the needs of what is always an evolving diplomatic situation" with Russian Federation. The bill would require a congressional review if Trump attempts to ease or end penalties against Moscow.

Bennett said Trump wanted to de-escalate tensions with Russian Federation and that did not go well with the interests of those who benefited from "constant military tensions". The FSB is the main successor to the Soviet-era KGB.

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