US lawmakers mull tough sanctions if Iran doesn`t stick to deal

Even as a breakthrough deal was struck between Iran and the six world powers in Geneva, US lawmakers seemed dubious over Iran`s commitment and said that tough sanctions would be imposed in case Tehran failed to comply with the deal, reports said.

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Washington: Even as a breakthrough deal was struck between Iran and the six world powers in Geneva, US lawmakers seemed dubious over Iran`s commitment and said that tough sanctions would be imposed in case Tehran failed to comply with the deal, reports said.

The deal which was struck after years of failed talks, stipulates that Iran must stop enriching Uranium beyond 5%, besides giving inspectors access to its nuclear facilities, in return Tehran will be awarded with sanctions relief worth &7bn.

The deal will have to be abided by till six months, during which Iran and the sextet will try to reach a permanent deal.

The deal was hailed by the US and the world powers, however called as a "historic mistake" by Israel.

Also US lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, have expressed heavy doubt on Iran`s intentions and said that in case of any failure to abide by the deal, they will impose heavy sanctions when the Senate meets on Dec 9.

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, said today he would work with colleagues to have sanctions against Iran ready "should the talks falter or Iran fail to implement or breach the interim agreement."

Such distrust that Iran was negotiating in good faith ran across the political spectrum in a Congress that otherwise is deeply divided. And ready-to-go sanctions seemed to have rare bipartisan support across both of Congress` chambers.
President Barack Obama convinced Senate leadership to hold off consideration of the measure while negotiators pursued an agreement. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada agreed to the request but said his chamber would take up new sanctions in December with or without an agreement with Iran.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, a member of his party`s leadership team, said he was "disappointed" by the deal, which he called disproportional. The New York Democrat said sanctions forced Iran to negotiate and said he plans further discussions with colleagues.

"This agreement makes it more likely that Democrats and Republicans will join together and pass additional sanctions when we return in December," Schumer said.

With Agency Inputs

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