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What Trump wants to do on Iran sanctions



The House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill that would require President Donald Trump to lift all sanctions on Iran, while also blocking Trump from lifting sanctions on Tehran if he determines that Iran is “actively pursuing nuclear weapons.”

The bill also prohibits Trump from sanctioning Iranian entities if he has reason to believe that Iran has been violating its international commitments, and prevents the Treasury Department from imposing sanctions on entities if Iran is not complying with the agreement.

“We must remain united against the Iranian regime,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said during a hearing on the legislation.

“The president must continue to act to protect the United States from Iran’s threats.”

The sanctions legislation, which would apply to the U.S. and the Islamic Republic of Iran, was introduced on Wednesday by Rep. Jim Jordan (R, Ala.), who is a member of the House Foreign Relations Committee.

Jordan’s bill passed the House on a party-line vote.

The sanctions bill would also prohibit Trump from imposing additional sanctions on Iranian entities unless they have previously violated the nuclear deal.

Trump has already announced he will not seek to renegotiate the deal.

In April, Trump imposed sanctions on six Iranian banks and five individuals and companies, including two former Trump administration officials.

Those sanctions were part of an agreement struck in 2015 with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The deal lifted sanctions on more than 90 Iranian companies and entities, including oil and gas companies.

“President Trump’s decision to end the sanctions was not based on Iran’s actions but on our own failure to abide by the terms of the agreement,” the Treasury said in a statement Wednesday.

“As part of our ongoing review of the deal, we will continue to monitor and enforce sanctions.”

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