The Senate backed new sanctions on Iran in a voice vote Monday, adding new pressure on the country over its nuclear program.
new sanctions, as negotiations on Iran's nuclear program are renewed this week
in Baghdad, we are reminding Iran's military and political leaders that they
must make a clear choice," Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson,
D-S.D., said in a written statement. "They can come clean on their nuclear
program, and end the suppression of their people and stop supporting terrorist
activities around the globe. Or they can
continue to face sustained multilateral economic and diplomatic pressure, and
deepen their international isolation."
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, however, cautioned
that the legislation alone will not do enough to stop Iran from pursuing
"Any comprehensive policy that seeks to end Iran's
effort to acquire a nuclear weapon needs to convince the rulers in Tehran that
their survival is in question," McConnell said. "Senate Republicans
insisted that the Senate pass nothing less than the President's commitment that
all options are on the table, in order to prevent any contrary perception that
silence on the use of force would have created."