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S Obama vows to veto bill restricting Iran sanctions relief... 13/01/2016 Politics

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Tehran, Jan 12, IRNA – In a statement released on Monday evening, the White House noted that the administration “strongly opposes” the bill, which, it warned, “would prevent the United States from implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by tying the Administration’s ability to fulfill US commitments under the deal to unrelated, non-nuclear issues.”
The administration said that the bill included provisions “that connect the United States’ JCPOA commitment to provide sanctions relief by delisting certain Iran related individuals and entities, including banks, to non-nuclear issues outside of the scope of the JCPOA,” and also provisions that would “effectively preclude delisting of individuals or entities on implementation day.”
The US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) also said on Monday Obama's administration strongly opposes the bill and would veto it if the House and Senate both approve the measure.
The OMB statement said the White House 'remains clear-eyed' about the concerns of Congress and the American people, and reiterated that lifting sanctions tied to the nuclear program would not affect the sanctions enacted against Iran for other reasons.
The bill authored by Republican Congressman Steve Russell, passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week and was expected to reach the House floor Wednesday.
Lawmakers were to vote on the bill as American sanctions on Iran were set to be lifted in the coming weeks as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached in July. Under the deal, the United States is required to lift its nuclear-related sanctions against Iran after the International Atomic Energy Agency certifies that Tehran has completed all of its initial obligations.
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