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May 25, 2015

Schumer, Menendez Renew Calls for New Iran Sanctions

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Two top Democrats said Sunday they expected the Senate would still move forward with enhanced sanctions against Iran, despite news out of Geneva of an interim agreement regarding the Iranian nuclear program.

“As for additional sanctions, this disproportionality of this agreement makes it more likely that Democrats and Republicans will join together and pass additional sanctions when we return in December. I intend to discuss that possibility with my colleagues,” New York Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer said in a statement.

That’s despite explicit pleas from President Barack Obama Saturday night against Congressional action, warning that a new round of sanctions now could derail the talks and undermine the international coalition.

But Schumer’s statement called the interim deal a disappointment.

“It was strong sanctions, not the goodness of the hearts of the Iranian leaders, that brought Iran to the table, and any reduction relieves the psychological pressure of future sanctions and gives them hope that they will be able to gain nuclear weapon capability while further sanctions are reduced,” Schumer said. “A fairer agreement would have coupled a reduction in sanctions with a proportionate reduction in Iranian nuclear capability.”

That statement came just after Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez expressed a similar sentiment. Both Menendez and Schumer are senior members of the Senate Banking Committee, which has lead jurisdiction over the sanctions issue.

“I expect that the forthcoming sanctions legislation to be considered by the Senate will provide for a six month window to reach a final agreement before imposing new sanctions on Iran, but will at the same time be immediately available should the talks falter or Iran fail to implement or breach the interim agreement,” the New Jersey Democrat said in a statement.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday that he planned to move a sanctions measure when the Senate returns from a two-week Thanksgiving break on Dec. 9.

Menendez’s prediction regarding the Senate sanctions measure is in line with what two key Republicans said just after the President Barack Obama announced the deal between the P5+1 world powers and the Iranian government late Saturday night. Sens. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., each indicated that a new sanctions regime accompanied by a six month delay in implementation would be a reasonable course while the broader negotiations with Iran move forward.

Secretary of State John Kerry didn’t respond directly when asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos if Obama would veto new Iran sanctions.

“Well, George, I believe Congress will recognize that this deal actually has a great deal of benefit in it, and I look forward to going up and working with our colleagues on the hill in order to try to persuade them that this is not the moment to increase sanctions,” Kerry said on This Week. “I’m confident that as Congress examines what we have been able to achieve here, and as they measure the fact that if you didn’t do what we were doing, they would be marching forward and putting more centrifuges in, enriching more, moving closer to a weapon.”

“In my view, this agreement did not proportionately reduce Iran’s nuclear program for the relief it is receiving. Given Iran’s history of duplicity, it will demand ongoing, on the ground verification,” Menendez said. “Until Iran has verifiably terminated its illicit nuclear program, we should vigorously enforce existing sanctions. I do not believe we should further reduce our sanctions, nor abstain from preparations to impose new sanctions on Iran should the talks fail. I will be monitoring the enforcement of existing sanctions not covered by the interim agreement to ensure they are being robustly enforced.”

Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., sounded a bit more upbeat in his own statement.

“There is no harm in testing Iran’s willingness because a freeze and a partial roll-back of Iran’s nuclear energy activities is a bigger plus for us and the world than the release of $7 billion to Iran from its own assets, particularly since twice that amount of Iran’s oil revenue will be added to Iran’s frozen asset pile during that six-month period,” Levin said. “If there is no final deal at the end of six months, the interim deal will expire because it is not by its terms a final deal. And if Iran does not consent to a comprehensive agreement that ensures it cannot acquire a nuclear weapon, there is a broad consensus in Congress to impose even tougher sanctions.”

Lawmakers in both chambers and in both parties have expressed skepticism about the interim agreement, with some being more circumspect than others before receiving full briefings.

“The Administration and its negotiating partners claim that a final deal can be completed that affirms Iran does not have a right to enrich and permanently and irreversibly dismantles the infrastructure of its uranium and plutonium nuclear programs,” Speaker John A. Boehner said in a statement. “That is a goal the House shares. The lingering question, however, is whether the negotiating partners will work equally hard to preserve the strong international sanctions regime until that goal is achieved. Otherwise, we will look back on the interim deal as a remarkably clever Iranian move to dismantle the international sanctions regime while maintaining its infrastructure and material to pursue a break-out nuclear capability.”

The Ohio Republican added: “The House looks forward to the Administration providing a briefing on the interim deal and the next steps.”

  • Tmaxx

    A similar deal with the regime in North Korea in 1993
    ended with that regime going fully nuclear in 2006.

  • TJFod1

    Schumer , Menendez and the nationals socialists are lying once more to the Weimar republicans

  • Mygoodness

    Now that the “where’s the camera” Schumer and “where’s the prostitutes” Menendez are turning on him how long can it be before those two idiots, McCain and Graham do the same?

  • Mygoodness

    Boy if we ever needed a competent president, it’s now

    • Logic Driven Conservative

      Agreed—67 Million Americans voted for the man who would have filled that competent role last November. But, we ended up stuck with this bungling, ideology-driven doofus.
      We sure as hellll don’t have anyone “competent” currently occupying the Oval Office!

      • StoptheWars

        Yeah, the “Jewish Mormon” who would have done exactly what his Israeli masters told him to do. Yeah, that guy.

        • bonehead41

          You are anti- American and anti- Semitic. Your name is called “radical” Your ideology smacks of treason.

          • StoptheWars

            Opposing Israel isn’t anti-American, you “bonehead”.

            And the Jews in Israel aren’t Semitic, they are white Eastern Europeans.

            Name ONE thing Israel has ever done for the United States. Just one, give it a shot.

          • Ian_Nebraska

            Uh, ok, Adolf.

            How about bomb iraq’s nuclear facilities?

          • StoptheWars

            Uh, ok, fake Nebraska guy.

            You’re not making any sense. I know the Hebrew to English is hard sometimes though.

          • bonehead41

            The question is not what has Israel done for us. The question is why do you hate the Jews so much?
            I believe supporting and helping to defend Israel, the only democratic State in the Middle East is our duty and obligation.
            I speak for most Americans, and the entire US government. Gallup poll in March shows 64% to 12% support for Israel over Palestinians.

          • Vic Pittman

            Our duty and obligation ?? BS !! Democratic state ?? You are a funny little man. Get the hell out of our country, you traitor. Go move to Israel where you can experience their “democracy”…. and better hope you are Jewish or you aren’t even considered a human.

          • bonehead41

            Your funny. Its a joy for me to watch a person like you , a card carrying member of the lunatic fringe, get so angry at what is generally accepted policy on American-Israeli
            Relations. As an American , I will continue to support Israel and its allies against the barbarians of the Middle East including the Palestinians, even against the anti Israel nut jobs like yourself.

          • StoptheWars

            You’re an Israel-firster Jew, and you’re an American as much as we fight wars for your tribe and zionist dreams.

            You’re a pathetic traitor who loves a foreign country more than your own. Now go join the IDF, move there, and get out of my sight.

          • StoptheWars

            Yes, that IS the question. And you can’t answer it. Of course you believe that, you’re Jewish, whether you admit it here or not.

            You’re paid Israeli trash to propagandize here. Nothing new, just pathetic.

            You speak for yourself, don’t delude yourself Israel-firster. Anyone can make up a poll, there are plenty of propaganda pieces out there, that’s all you filth do.

            Most Americans aren’t paying attention, and we can’t even agree with each other on stuff that matters, so support for Israel is overstated for the politicians. It’s a ruse, and it’s coming to an end.

            “Most Americans” want piece with Iran, you dupe. That’s a fact.

            Now fight your own wars. coward.

          • bonehead41

            You are definitely part of the whacko fringe. Case closed.

          • dadhoover

            Why do you think it ‘our duty’ ? Does your ‘bible tell you so’ ? If so you are basing your beliefs like john Hagee’s Christians United for Israel on fanatic misinterpretations of that bible. Set those fairy tales aside and the blind backing of everything Israel does is baseless, wrongheaded and actually unchristian.

          • Cynthiz Price

            just back from Israel for the holidays and a Christian pilgrimage. when you go, you see the reason to keep it stable or we will have a muslim/arab area larger than the u.s. and it will be hard to defend.

          • dadhoover

            No !!! He is putting American and our soldiers interests before the interests of another nations’s Lobby – AIPAC, Israel’s interests are not to be put before our own and they are not one and the same as the Zionist Neo Cons would have us believe SAYING SO IS NOT ANTI SEMITIC, your charge of that is just typical for the purpose of shutting down criticism. Such charges fall on deaf ears because Americans are finally getting the facts and waking up to the Zionist game of getting the US to fight their wars of control.

          • bonehead41

            We must intervene with the iraselis for at least 2 reasons. One is that they are our ally and the only democracy in the Middle East surrounded by barbarians and terrorists. The other is that if Iran gets the bomb then the proliferation of nukes will eventually set off a nuclear war. We are dealing with 7th century mentality of phanatics and extremeists. The mullahs are crazy and it won’t take much to trigger.

          • dadhoover

            You seem to swallow the Netenyahu Zionist LIKUD’s fearmongering hook line and sinker. Don’t forget Israel has up to 200 nuke bombs and has threatened and attacked all of its neighbors to get as much of their ‘chosen’ land as they can. Iran hasn’t attacked any of their neighbors. The Zionist propaganda machine makes much of the supposed threat up as they go and its solely for control purposes. For instance Ahmabenijad did not threaten to wipe israel off the map, that was a mistranslation used by the Zionists for propaganda to come down on Iran. Look up the fact that an Israeli Official admitted that it was a mistranslation, look up the article in ‘now they tell us’ in the New York Times and look up a full correct translation of what was said in under “rumor of the century ‘ Iran threatens to wipe Israel off the map” Americans are waking up to the game the zionists are playing in the Middle East for control purposes and to gain ‘greater israel’ and the Iraq war pushed and backed by the Neo Con Dual Israeli citizens from within our government and as a result most Americans don’t want a repeat war for Israel.

          • bonehead41

            What you say is BS. Whether you like it or not, the US government will support Israel regardless of what the POS in the WH does to stop it.

          • dadhoover

            Yes – you are probably right to a large degree – because as long as the zionist far right buy our politicians to do as they wish for Israel and keep their peep’s like Wolf Blitzer in place to cut down on facts and have hoards of people like you all over the net calling people Anti Semitic every time we disagree with the ‘favored nation’ of Israel whom we are not to disagree with nor to tell facts about — then yes — most of our bought and paid for politicians will go the way of the money and the least resistence. MAKES YOU ZIONISTS PROUD DOESN’T IT. YESIREEEEE !!!!!! YOU’VE WORKED OUT QUITE A SYSTEM TO SHUT DOWN CRITICISM. even so many millions of Americans are waking up to your game. FRUSTRATING ISN’T IT !!! LOL

        • madhatter46

          My Goodness nothing but hate and name -calling. Dr. Goebbels would have loved you.

    • MDABE80

      Boy you’re not kiddin. EVERYTHING Obama the INcompetent has gone wrong.

  • fuchsiaribbons

    Schumer, Menedez, Obama- ALL DEMOCRATS – are all thugs – lying bastards who cannot for one minute be trusted. They have no language of the heart and no love of the USA – traitors all.

  • Elizabeth

    Oh my goodness. I agree with Chuck Schumer……

    • StoptheWars

      Aww, how sweet. Nothing brings neocons and Zionist Jews together better than war for Israel. How cute.

      • Ian_Nebraska

        Wow, did some Jew fire your daddy or give you a wedgie in high-school? You’ve got a lot of hate in you.

        If you would just prioritize the best interests of the USA above your rabid hatred of Israel, you might find capitulating to Iran isn’t going to make us any safer.

        If an Iranian suitcase bomb goes off in NY, I hope you’re standing on top of it @sshole.

      • Elizabeth

        I am sad for you.

        • StoptheWars

          Traitors like you make me angry. Be sad all you want.

  • Elizabeth

    They’re putting on sweaters in hell.

  • jus1drun

    those Dems are getting more and more cynical all the time. they know that the learned reaction of normal human beings is if Schumer says it, it is utter bs. therefor, people will assume the opposite true. but I think they have overplayed their hand on this one :-)

  • EM10

    Netanyahu is right. Iran got the sanctions eased for doing nothing in exchange. They now will get a nuclear bomb. Israel is in great danger and can no longer trust an America run by Barack Obama.

    I wonder how this makes all the Jewish liberals who voted for Neville Chamberlin Obama. You’ve been betrayed by “liberals” again.

    • Nixonfan

      How will Obama stop Israel from bombing the nuke sites? He can’t.

      • StoptheWars

        What’s to stop Israel from being destroyed in return? NOTHING.
        Obama has to take us to war, not Zionist Israeli citizens like Schumer.

    • Vic Pittman

      Iran has not invaded or started a war in over 200 years. Israel cant let a day go by without killing at least a few Palestinian kids… Israel is in great danger ? Great news !

    • bilejones

      The bullshit never ends from the Israel first traitors, does it?

      The Israeli army chief admits there’s no Iranian weapons program.

      And these clowns
      Senate testimony on Jan. 31, James R. Clapper Jr., the director of
      national intelligence, stated explicitly that American officials believe
      that Iran is preserving its options for a nuclear weapon, but said
      there was no evidence that it had made a decision on making a concerted
      push to build a weapon. David H. Petraeus, the C.I.A. director,
      concurred with that view at the same hearing. Other senior United States
      officials, including Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Gen. Martin
      E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have made similar
      statements in recent television appearances.:

    • dadhoover

      When Israel submits to the same inspections and restrictions that they are attempting to impose and threaten on Iran, then we will will see who the danger really is. Israel has attacked every one of its neighbors and mostly by implementing false flag operations to ‘supposedly’ justify their attacks. IRAN HAS NOT ATTACKED ANY NEIGHBOR. So when should we expect the Israeli Nuke program inspections ?

      In Kindergarten we learned that it is not fair to expect of our playmates anything that we ourselves wouldn’t want to do or have done to us. perhaps our statesmen need to go teach that lesson to the Zionists and our Senate and Congressional Reps. YA THINK ?????

  • Gl Remote

    Schumer deserves some sympathy. He is caught between his king and his god.

    • Mygoodness

      Aren’t they the same? They both go by the name Obama

      • Gl Remote

        He would have to drop trow to prove he is Hebrew.

        • Mygoodness

          Or for that matter Muslim

    • Caligvla

      No he doesn’t, he’s a zionist Jew Israel-firster traitor.

  • Samuel Adams

    Schumer’s phone lines are burning up calls from Jewish constituents that finally realized Obama would sell out the whole of Israel to win one news cycle. Ditto for Menendez.

    Lot of the folks on those phone lines are my neighbors and colleagues….well to all of you, “tough s**t”. Argued myself blue that Obama would sell out Israel for a pocketful of mumbles…you wanted to believe all the hopey changey garbage. Well you got change, hope you can live with it.

    • Nixonfan

      Zionist or communist: all must decide.

      • StoptheWars


        You sir, are a TRAITOR. Get used to it. You care about your Tribe more than you do your adopted country.

        The purpose of the U.S. is NOT to do Israel’s bidding, I know that’s a surprise to you.

        • Ian_Nebraska

          If hating Israel were a contest, you’d get first prize. Good boy.

          Now go play with this ball and we’ll call you when the adults are finished talking.

          • Vic Pittman

            If selling out America and cheerleading for Israel were a contest, youd get first prize. If displaying ignorance and anti-Americanism were a contest, youd win that one too. I bet you arent American and you arent in “Nebraska” unless there is a “Nebraska” in Israel.

          • StoptheWars

            This conversation needs to be taking place.

            Clearly, morons like you, fake “Ian from Nebraska”, don’t have the best interests of America at heart.

            You’re here to stir up war, badmouth our President, ALL for acting in America’s interests instead of Israel’s.


    • StoptheWars

      Your friends, and likely YOU, are traitors to the United States.

      Israhell is NOT the 51st State, America and the President acted in our own interests. You losers need to move to Tel Aviv and enjoy the rain, Normal, regular Americans want peace with Iran.

      • Ian_Nebraska

        Dude, you ain’t “normal” “regular” and questionably “American.”

        • StoptheWars

          I “is” too. You should get out more, the East coast and regular America aren’t the same.

          No, really. Not all of us are Jews or propagandized neocons that worship Israhell. Really.

      • Samuel Adams

        Son, I’d be really, really careful where you swing with accusations of treason and sedition. You might run across a few of us that took an oath to “protect and defend”. And know how to. That would end really badly if you ever came out of mom’s basement. BTW, been to Saudi, UAE, and Tel Aviv. The last is only place with true rule of law, a diverse economy and protections for all citizens. Nothing like signing the affidavit for the Saudi visa promising to not even bring a personal bible in country….

        • StoptheWars

          You should be careful, Israel-firster. How is acting in the interests of a foreign country NOT Treason? I didn’t read the rest of your post, because you clearly have nothing but insults. You should be arrested, you pathetic infestation. You are loyal to your Tribe, nothing else.

          You are screwed up, if you believe otherwise. This country is so backwards on its priorities now, it’s no surprise.

          Bottom-line: If you place Israel’s interests or any foreign country’s ahead of OURS, you are a TRAITOR.


          • Samuel Adams

            How’s the weather up with white supremacists in Idaho?

            You’d be more fun to poke if you could expand your repertoire a bit.

            Again, be careful with those accusations. There’s a reason that part of the Constitution was written as precisely as it was. I’ll venture you only do it from behind a keyboard.

            Psychopharmacology can perform miracles these days. Avail yourself. You’ll feel better.

            Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Nixonfan

    Bring back Jimmy Carter. He’s a hard-nosed negotiator, just ask North Korea.

  • Chellie

    Obama won 78% of the Jewish vote in 2008 and 69% in 2012. Anyone who didnt see this kind of deal coming, clearly did not find it important enough to pay attention. Elections have consequences.

  • StoptheWars

    Anything that pisses off Israel-firster traitors who have a foreign country’s best interests at heart over their own–including Israeli citizen Schumer and AIPAC stooge Menendez…

    Is a good thing for the United States of America. Case closed.

    • Ian_Nebraska

      If you steaming morons would just prioritize the best interests of the USA above your rabid hatred of Israel, you might find capitulating to Iran isn’t going to make us any safer.

      If an Iranian suitcase bomb goes off in NY, I hope you’re standing on top of it @sshole.

    • dadhoover

      Buddy you are sure correct on this

  • HenryVIII

    Closer ties between Iran and the United States can only help sort out the mess in Syria and get our troops out of Afghanistan.

    Both of which needs Iranian participation.

    I also find it hard to take an Israeli ‘politician seriously when they talk
    about today being the start of an arms race. It is known that Israel has nuclear weapons, it is known that Saudi Arabia has access to nuclear weapons
    courtesy of Pakistan who also have nuclear weapons.

    The arms race had already begun years ago the village idiot came to that
    conclusion. It is all about managing it now.

  • Anonymous

    Time to cut the purse strings to the spoiled welfare-check child.

    -In October 1992,Shimon Peres said that Iran would be armed with a nuclear bomb by 1999

    -In 1995, Benjamin Netanyahu wrote in his book that Iran would possess nuclear weapons within 3 to 5 years.

    -In July 2001 Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer confirmed that by the year
    2005 Iran would have a nuclear bomb.

    -In February 2009 Netanyahu told US congressional delegation that Iran
    is only one or two years away from nuclear weapons.

    -In his speech at UN in September 2012, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
    Netanyahu claimed Iran would achieve nuclear bomb by “next spring, at most by next summer”.

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will
    eventually come to believe it.”

  • billemerson

    Maybe Schumer and Menendez should move to Tel Aviv since they like it so much.

    Schumer probably will anyway, he’s a citizen already, and an Israel-firster Traitor.

    • StoptheWars

      Israel-firster traitors should be rounded up and sent to the Knesset. They’re already doing their business anyway.


  • Chumba Wumba

    Without centralized power to coerce, small groups of quacks and academics have no way to force people to chase their ever-shifting mirage of utopian illusions.

  • Vic Pittman

    Schumer and Menendez…pandering for more Israeli lobby money. We used to hang traitors…when can we do that again. These senators work hard for the country they love and serve… it just isn’t the US.

    • StoptheWars

      Well said. Most of the posters here are Israeli trash, and the ones that aren’t are Jews that live here and lobby for Israhell.

      They’re traitors to the core, they care NOTHING about the United States.

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