Congress Seeks Briefings on Iran Details Amid Push for Sanctions

Congressional hawks have made no secret of their desire to push through new sanctions against Iran, killing the interim P5+1 deal with the nation and effectively ending the diplomatic effort.

Doing that over explicit opposition from the administration and amid threats of a veto is going to be a hard sell, and that’s got both Senate and House leaderships looking for briefings on Iranian compliance with the newly-signed pact, hoping to find some shadow of an excuse to declare Iran in violation.

Much of the pact isn’t even in effect yet, as the IAEA needs time to handle the majorly stepped up inspection campaign. That’s likely not to get up to intended levels until January.

The threat of sanctions is only part of the problem, with Rep. Eric Cantor (R – VA) pushing a bill that would virtually forbid the negotiation of a final deal with Iran, and growing fears that Rep. Steny Hoyer (D – MD) may jump on board, giving it broad leadership support in the House.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.