Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Twenty-six Republican and Democratic senators introduced Thursday a bill imposing new sanctions on Iran if it fails to comply with an international deal to scale down its nuclear development program.
But the bill sponsored by Sens. Robert Menendez (D- N.J) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) will be vetoed by the president if enacted because it is not necessary, White House press secretary Jay Carney warned Thursday.
The bill that also seeks an end to Iran’s uranium enrichment could derail a diplomatic course to resolving the Iran nuclear issue, divide the international community and would suggest bad faith on the U.S., according to Carney.
Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, defended the bill saying “a credible threat of future sanctions will require Iran to cooperate and act in good faith at the negotiating table.”
The senator reminded that current economic sanctions brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place.
Kirk said the sanctions bill will serve as an insurance to the American people against any deception by Iran during negotiations.
The proposed measure gives Washington 12 months to negotiate with Iran. If Tehran refuses to dismantle its contested nuclear program at the end of the period, tighter sanctions will take effect.
If Iran refuses to comply with the interim nuclear deal with the U.S., launches a ballistic missile, or plans a terror attack against the United States, the sanctions take effect sooner.