Senate Foreign Relations Panel Chair Backs More Iran Sanctions

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez said he wants to advance a package of added economic sanctions against Iran that could be lifted if an “acceptable” deal on the nation’s nuclear program is struck.

He said it would provide “insurance” to the United States that fall-back penalties would be in place if Iran won’t agree to conditions that the U.S. and its allies can approve.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to move forward on a package that ultimately will send a very clear message where we intend to be if the Iranians don’t strike a deal to stop their nuclear weapons program,” Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, said on ABC’s “This Week.”

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