Senate Moves to Stop $2.8 Billion Cash Infusion to Iran

New bill requires certification no cash transfers are spent on terror
Hassan Rouhani / AP

Senators are moving to block the White House from giving Iran another $2.8 billion in cash assets until the administration can assure lawmakers that Tehran will not use the money to fund terrorism, according to a copy of new legislation obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

New Senate Bill Mandates Congress Have Oversight on Iran Deal

Bill comes as lawmakers express frustration of extension in talks
Hassan Rouhani

A group of senators unveiled new legislation late Wednesday that would force President Barack Obama to go to Congress for approval on any potential nuclear deal with Iran and that would bar the White House from granting any further extension in the talks, according to Senate sources familiar with the bill.

The Iran Nuclear Negotiations Act of 2014—jointly sponsored by Republican Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), John McCain (Ariz.), and James Risch (Idaho)—would require the president to submit any nuclear agreement with Iran to Congress within three days of the deal being struck, according to sources briefed on the bill.

Iran Could Still Achieve Nuclear ‘Breakout’ in Two Months

U.S. still has no ability to detect nuclear activity
Hassan Rouhani

Iran could still produce enough nuclear material to fuel a bomb in as little as two months, a timeframe that has not been prolonged under the recently struck agreement to extend nuclear talks through November, according to experts.

U.S. to Give Iran Another $2.8 Billion, Concedes Enrichment

Just a matter of how much, White House says
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the media after closed-door nuclear talks on Iran taking place in Vienna

The United States will give Iran access to another $2.8 billion over the next several months and appears to have conceded to Iran’s demand that it be permitted to domestically enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon, according to senior Obama administration officials.

State Dept. Backtracks After Kerry Suggests New Iran Sanctions Needed

Kerry told group of Jewish lawmakers administration is open to new sanctions bill
Hassan Rouhani

Lawmakers came out swinging on Thursday afternoon after the State Department issued a blanket denial regarding statements that Secretary of State John Kerry made to members of Congress earlier that morning about the potential need for new sanctions on Iran.

Iran, Turkey Meet Amid ‘Massive Sanctions Busting’ Schemes

First meeting between Iranian president and Turkey in nearly 20 years
Turkey's President Abdullah Gul, right, and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani / AP

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is in Turkey this week for the first official high-level meeting in nearly 20 years, sparking speculation that the two nations are growing closer as a means to offset U.S. power in the region and further solidify a deal meant to skirt U.S. sanctions on Tehran.

U.S. Sanctions Did Not Provoke Pearl Harbor

Analysis: Sanctions were a response to Japanese aggression, not its cause, historical record shows
The USS West Virginia during the attack on Pearl Harbor / AP

Earlier this week, a video clip surfaced in which Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said, in the context of talking about sanctions on Iran, that “leading up to World War II, we cut off trade with Japan. That probably caused Japan to react angrily.” Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post reported on the video, accusing Paul of essentially attributing U.S. involvement in World War II to American provocations. Paul’s office rushed to respond.