US-Iran Sanctions Add Layer of Conflict To Relationship

Wednesday, 13 January 2016
 International Business Times

Excerpt: ... At the same time, the Obama administration is drawing up new measures, which it is likely to unveil in the coming weeks, to penalize Iranian entities involved with its recent tests of ballistic missiles. The state sanctions are a different kind of challenge from the legislative maneuvering in which Obama, dealing with the Republican-controlled Congress, has the upper hand thanks to the presidential veto.
"We're spending a lot of time on it, a good bit trying to get the administration to view it as a serious threat," said Bill Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council, which represents major multinational corporations. The U.S. State Department didn’t respond to a request for comment. The nuclear agreement itself gives the federal government broad latitude, with a vague clause requiring the United States to "actively encourage officials at the state or local level" to avoid actions inconsistent with U.S. policy.

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