U.S. Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Iran Sanctions

(Foreign Policy) Josh Rogin - House and Senate negotiators have reached a compromise on a new set of Iran sanctions. "This bill is a major step towards economic warfare against the Iranian regime. It closes significant loopholes and tightens U.S. sanctions in key areas including shipping. But Iranian nuclear physics is beating Western economic pressure," said Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. "We need to skip intermediate steps and go to comprehensive economic warfare....Destroying the regime's energy wealth is the best way to avoid a military confrontation." "What exactly is this going to do to get the Iranians to the table? This is the time for the mallet, not fine-needle surgery," said Danielle Pletka, vice president of the American Enterprise Institute. "Our purpose is not to have effective sanctions; our purpose is to bring them to the table to give up their nuclear ambitions."

2012-07-31 00:00:00

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