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Senate passes Iran and Russian Federation sanctions despite Obama's nuke deal

20 June 2017, 01:02 | Stacy Allen

"Senator Corker deserves great credit for crafting legislation that will impose tougher sanctions on Iran-which remains a threat to our national security, Middle East stability, and to Israel, one of our strongest allies-and expands sanctions against Russian Federation, particularly those individuals who tried to obstruct our presidential elections with cyberattacks", Senator Alexander said.

Amid an investigation into whether members of Trump's campaign colluded with Russian officials to swing the 2016 election, the Senate has passed a measure that would increase sanctions on Russia and require Trump to obtain congressional approval before easing existing sanctions on the country. The Trump administration had considered lifting Russian sanctions in the past, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson opposed the new legislation, worrying it could hurt the US' ability to have a "constructive dialogue" with Russia. Tillerson had asked for some time to try and change the direction of U.S. -Russia relations before Congress levied new sanctions on the Kremlin.

The bill as originally introduced was exclusively about slapping new sanctions on Iran.

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve sanctions against Russian Federation for its alleged interference in the 2016 election.

The new Iran restrictions, which impose mandatory sanctions on people involved with the Islamic republic's ballistic missile program and those that transact with them. Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said of the new legislation, according to Reuters.

The White House didn't mention the Iran sanctions part of the bill, but did appear to be down on the Russian Federation portion, saying they believe that the existing slew of anti-Russia sanctions are already plenty.

In November, Iranian dictator Ali Khamenei threatened USA leaders that his country would react if sanctions were passed against his terrorist regime.

The measure would punish individuals who conduct what the senators described as "malicious cyber activity on behalf of the Russian government".

"This bill will impose sanctions on Iran for its non-nuclear violations", Cardin said.

The legislation was loudly endorsed by Israel lobbying group AIPAC, and Sen. The libertarian-minded Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was the only other "no" vote against the bill.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told CNN that "we moved to make the Congress, not the President, the final arbiter of sanctions relief when necessary".

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