Corker Rolls Out Sanctions Legislation

The Tennessee Republican is laying out rules for President Obama if he wants to remove additional sanctions against Iran.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 12: Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) speaks to reporters before going into the Senate Chamber to vote, on October 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. The shut down is currently in it's 12th day.  
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Nov. 21, 2013, 10:04 a.m.

Sen. Bob Cork­er in­tro­duced le­gis­la­tion Thursday that would re­quire Ir­an to com­ply with U.N. Se­cur­ity Coun­cil reg­u­la­tions and any ini­tial deal reached by ne­go­ti­at­ors in Geneva, as well as sign off on a fi­nal agree­ment over its nuc­le­ar pro­gram be­fore Pres­id­ent Obama could re­move ad­di­tion­al sanc­tions against the coun­try.

Ne­go­ti­at­ors from the United States, the United King­dom, France, China, Rus­sia, Ger­many, and Ir­an are cur­rently in Geneva try­ing to reach the first phase of a deal over Ir­an’s nuc­le­ar pro­gram. The in­ter­im agree­ment is ex­pec­ted to trade lim­ited sanc­tions re­lief in ex­change for Ir­an not ad­van­cing its nuc­le­ar pro­gram bey­ond cur­rent levels.

Cork­er’s le­gis­la­tion hits at a wide­spread con­cern among some mem­bers of Con­gress that even if an ini­tial deal is reached, Ir­an will walk away from ne­go­ti­ations be­fore a long-term agree­ment is made on its nuc­le­ar pro­gram. Un­der the Ten­ness­ee Re­pub­lic­an’s le­gis­la­tion, the ad­min­is­tra­tion has 60 days to reach an in­ter­im deal with Ir­an, and 180 days to reach a fi­nal agree­ment.

Cork­er’s de­cision to move for­ward with a bill fol­lows com­ments made earli­er Thursday by Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id, D-Nev., that the Sen­ate will take up le­gis­la­tion to in­crease sanc­tions against Ir­an after the Thanks­giv­ing re­cess.

“Whatever the out­come in Geneva may be this week, I’m hope­ful the Sen­ate will work in a bi­par­tis­an fash­ion to strengthen the po­s­i­tion of the U.S. in these ne­go­ti­ations so we can reach a fi­nal status agree­ment that will pre­vent the Ir­a­ni­ans from ever de­vel­op­ing a nuc­le­ar weapon,” Cork­er said in a state­ment.

He noted that, un­der the le­gis­la­tion, any sanc­tions lif­ted could be re­in­stated if Ir­an fails to com­ply with the in­ter­im agree­ment, fi­nal agree­ment, or any U.N. Se­cur­ity Coun­cil res­ol­u­tions.

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