Published: Tue, February 21, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

U.S. senator calls for new sanctions against Iran

They were imposed little more than a year after Iran's landmark nuclear deal with world powers went into effect.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have risen since an Iranian ballistic missile test that prompted U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to impose sanctions on individuals and entities linked to the country's Revolutionary Guards.

Now the Senate wants in.

Referring to the plan pursued by the new United States government to impose a visa ban on Iranian nationals, the foreign minister said that the USA behavior is a sign of hostility with the Iranian people despite their false claims (of friendship). Trump pushes tax reform with retailers MORE (D-Conn.), who participated in the same conference panel as Graham, said there will need to "be a conversation about what the proportional response is" to Iran's missile test.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D - CT) insisted the sanctions were about "the emerging proxy war between Iran and Saudi", insisting the U.S. needed to get more heavily involved in that conflict, with the sanctions a way to signal a broader role in it.

"Iranians have shown through their resistance that they will not yield into threats", he stressed.

Zarif once again dismissed any suggestions his country would ever seek to develop nuclear weapons. "So it will take forever for Iran to produce nuclear weapons".

"I don't necessarily think there's going to be partisan division over whether or not we have the ability as a Congress to speak on issues outside of the nuclear agreement", Murphy said.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, argued that the Iranians "stepped up the tempo of their mischief" during the negotiations on the nuclear deal and have continued to do so since then.

He added that there are some states backing terrorism in the region. "He believes in working with traditional allies; so do we".

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