Senate passes Iran ‘non-nuclear’ sanctions bill

Senate passes Iran ‘non-nuclear’ sanctions bill

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivering a speech at Azadi Square in the capital of Iran , Tehran , during a ceremony to mark the 38th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. (photo: AFP/HO/Iranian Presidency)

The US Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday for a bill that would punish Iran for its ballistic missile activity, its human rights record and support for proxy terrorist organizations worldwide – its first legislative attack against the Islamic Republic since a landmark nuclear deal was reached among world powers and its government two years ago.

Passage of the bill should have no effect on the nuclear deal, argue its authors, who aim to target “non-nuclear” Iranian behavior deemed a threat to the region by Republicans and Democrats alike. But Iranian officials have warned the act may well threaten the accord, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as it would levy sanctions against some individuals and bodies promised relief under the deal.