A Guardian report by Mairav Zonszein (‘Binyamin Netanyahu defiant over planned US Congress speech’, Feb. 9th) included the following claim regarding the new Iran Sanctions bill (S 1881) proposed in the Senate.
However, as multiple reports – including several in the Guardian – make clear, the bill (co-sponsored by 59 US Senators) calls for sanctions only after negotiations are concluded – and then, only if a deal is not reached (or if Iran reneges on the terms of an agreement).
Dan Roberts, writing in the Guardian on Feb 6, got it right:
Netanyahu and Boehner both fear that the suspension of Iranian sanctions during talks aimed at preventing it from developing nuclear weapons have weakened international resolve to contain the threat and would like to see Congress pass legislation authorising new sanctions if a deal is not reached.
And, a Guardian article by Saeed Kamali Dehghan on Feb. 3 was also quite clear:
In Washington, a bipartisan bill co-authored by senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat, and senator Mark Kirk, a Republican, seeks further sanctions on Iran if the ongoing negotiations fail to reach a comprehensive agreement by the end of June.
Here’s the precise language from the actual bill: