Iranians divided over new Senate sanctions

In this vein, Jamshidi charged the United States with being the party responsible for failing the nuclear deal — though he noted that this isn’t just the result of the Trump administration’s actions, but that the sanctions would have been approved even if Hillary Clinton had been elected president. Pointing to changing political dynamics within Washington, Jamshidi said, “It is a sign of a historical change in redefining the role of the Congress in US foreign policy and diminishing the power of the administration in shaping US foreign policy.”

The extensive support of Iranian officials for the recent ballistic missile attack against Islamic State targets in northeastern Syria also shows the internal consensus about the necessity of sustaining and strengthening Iran’s ballistic missile capabilities and its role in guaranteeing Iranian national security in a turbulent Middle East.

On June 11, parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani asked parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission to urgently formalize a new bill to retaliate against the Senate move. Seyed Hossein Naghavi Hosseini, the spokesman for the commission, said on June 25 that the commission is preparing a comprehensive bill to counteract the new non-nuclear sanctions.

Kazem Jalali, the head of the Iranian parliament’s Research Center, said on June 28, “The Bill Against Adventurist and Terrorist Activities in the Region addresses such issues as US support for terrorism and violation of human rights, and Iran’s countering of US economic sanctions,” adding that it also envisages “support for Iran’s Armed Forces and Iranians based in the US.”

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