Menendez moves to extend Iran sanctions for another decade

Menendez moves to extend Iran sanctions for another decade


By:  Jonathan D. Salant
NJ.com


U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez has introduced legislation to extend expiring sanctions on Iran for another 10 years, and urged Secretary of State John Kerry to suspend negotiations if the country's leaders keep making unacceptable demands.

Menendez, who has been skeptical of international talks designed to curb Iran's nuclear program, said the current congressionally imposed sanctions expire next year so a renewal is needed to make sure the penalties can be re-imposed in case Iran violates any agreement.

"Absent renewal we would be unilaterally lifting sanctions on Iran and hence unilaterally disarming," said Menendez (D-N.J.), who introduced the legislation with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). "It stands to reason that if negotiators are serious about snapback, then they should support the immediate extension of the Iran Sanctions Act to ensure there is no question for Iran about the consequences of non-compliance."

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