By Robert Schlesinger |
Last November, Iran agreed to negotiate with the United States and other countries surrounding its nuclear program. The Islamic Republic allegedly suspended its nuclear activities in exchange for relief from economic sanctions while the six-month negotiation process played out.
But some members of Congress support imposing additional economic sanctions on Iran while the talks continue. “Members on both sides of the aisle believe that the Iranians are using this process to try to alleviate the pain of the sanctions without changing their behavior,” said Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a co-sponsor of the bill. “The bottom line is that nothing Iran has agreed to as part of this negotiation that will prevent them from becoming a nuclear power.” 59 Senators are currently co-sponsoring legislation that would add new sanctions.
Others, though, oppose additional sanctions, saying they could endanger what is currently the most promising series of talks in years. More than 70 House Democrats sent a letter to President Barack Obama, expressing their desire to give diplomacy a chance:
Obama too opposes additional sanctions, saying in his State of the Union address that he would veto any such bill:
So should the U.S. impose more sanctions on Iran? Here is the Debate Club’s take:
is dean and executive professor at the George Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University.