(JNS.org) The House Foreign Affairs Committee has adopted a new package of sanctions against Iran to further discourage the Islamic Republic from using its nuclear research to build nuclear weapons. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee praised the the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act (H.R. 850) and urged the House to pass the measure.
If passed, the bill will give U.S. President Barack Obama the power to bar businesses from operating in the U.S. if they engage in any significant commercial trade with Iran. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) authored the bill, which would also expand penalties against those who violate existing Iran sanctions and increase sanctions specifically targeting human rights violations in Iran. The bill now has a bipartisan group of 344 co-sponsors.