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Friday, June 15, 2012

House-Senate conference to convene on Iran sanctions?

Jennifer Rubin reports that President Obama's second biggest pre-election fear (after an Israeli attack on Iran) may soon come to pass. Rubin cites the following memo from Senator Mark Kirk (R-Il) on the convening of a House-Senate conference to reconcile their respective Iran sanctions bills.
On May 21, 2012, the U.S. Senate passed its version of a new Iran sanctions bill, laying the groundwork for conference negotiations with the House, which passed its own Iran sanctions bill late last year. Since then, a second round of P5+1 talks with Iran failed, negotiations with Iran over access to a suspected military site broke down, an Iranian-linked assassination plot targeting U.S. officials was revealed, Iranian leaders defended their “right” to enrich uranium to 20 percent, the United Nations nuclear watchdog reported Iran is accelerating its production of low enriched uranium at 3.5 percent, and the human rights situation in Iran continued to deteriorate. Therefore, unless during talks in Moscow next week Iran agrees to 1) halt all uranium enrichment at all levels, 2) remove all material that has been enriched from Iran, and 3) dismantle the regime’s underground nuclear bunker in Qom, the House and Senate should immediately move forward with negotiations over a final Iran sanctions law — incorporating new, tough and bipartisan sanctions proposals — that can be sent to the President’s desk before the August recess.
I'm sure Obama is anxiously awaiting that bill. Heh.

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