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Sen. Bob Corker: Extension of Iran sanctions ensures Trump can reimpose sanctions Obama lifted

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Iran Sanctions Act ensures Trump has the tools necessary to push back against the regime’s hostile actions, Sen.Corker said
Iran Sanctions Act ensures Trump has the tools necessary to push back against the regime’s hostile actions, Sen.Corker said

Reuters, 1 Dec. 2016- The U.S. Senate passed a 10-year extension of sanctions against Iran on Thursday, sending the measure to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law and delaying any potentially tougher actions until next year.
The measure passed by 99-0. It passed the House of Representatives nearly unanimously in November, and congressional aides said they expected Obama would sign it.
Members of Congress and administration officials said the renewal of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) would not violate the nuclear agreement with Iran reached last year.
Republican U.S. President-elect Donald Trump railed against the pact as he campaigned for the White House. Many other members of his party, which also controls Congress, have called for the new administration to tear up the agreement.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said the renewal ensures Trump can reimpose sanctions Obama lifted under the deal, in which Iran curbed its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
"Extending the Iran Sanctions Act ... ensures President-elect Trump and his administration have the tools necessary to push back against the regime’s hostile actions," Corker said in a statement.
Trump becomes president on Jan. 20. Corker has been mentioned as a possible Trump secretary of state.