Will Congress Reimpose Sanctions on Iran?

In the next few days, Trump is going to announce some sort of kinda sorta withdrawal from the agreement we and five other nations signed with Iran. That will throw it into the hands of Congress, which has six months to reimpose sanctions or let the agreement stand as it is. Some key legislators apparently want the agreement to stay in place.

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The Republican chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs committee said on Wednesday the international nuclear deal with Iran should be strictly enforced, but did not call for an end to the agreement, saying Washington should work with allies.

“As flawed as the deal is, I believe we must now enforce the hell out of it,” Representative Ed Royce said at a hearing. U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce as soon as on Thursday a new strategy for Iran that could include a first step toward Washington exiting the agreement…

Engel said at the hearing that killing the deal would be a “grave mistake,” since it is in place and backed by U.S. allies and other powers.

“We need to work with allies and partners on a shared agenda that holds the regime in Iran accountable, not dividing America from our closest friends across the globe,” he said.

The key here is the Senate, where the Republicans only have a tiny majority. It only takes three Republicans to refuse to reimpose sanctions to keep it from happening. I think there are likely enough rational people in that body to do that. Some of them are the usual suspects, like Susan Collins, but Bob Corker may also be looking for a chance to slap Trump in the face.

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