Despite the Obama administration’s insistence that the Iran Sanctions Extension Act is “unnecessary” and runs against its pro-Iran foreign policy, the president’s missing the deadline to sign it means that the legislation against the Islamic Republic is now law – acting to curb its rogue nuclear program.
President Barack Obama’s refusal to sign the bill by its deadline acts in contradiction to his earlier statement that he would move the national security measure forward.
“The White House had previously indicated the president would sign the bill, which passed the Senate 99-0 earlier this month, but then issued a statement early Thursday explaining he wouldn’t,” Townhall reported.
Checking Iran unnecessary?
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest made it a point to impress the fact that the Obama administration does not support actions against the jihadist regime.
“This Administration has made clear that an extension of the Iran Sanctions Act, while unnecessary, is entirely consistent with our commitments in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” Earnest emphasized, according to Townhall.com.
Obama’s main publicist informed the media that it is merely submitting to the previous sentiments about keeping the Islamic Republic at bay that were expressed by lawmakers -- insinuating that the outgoing president’s decision not to sign the bill does not reflect his position on the matter.
“Consistent with this longstanding position, the extension of the Iran Sanctions Act is becoming law without the President's signature,” Earnest continued.
The renewed sanctions come just weeks after Obama’s last-ditch effort to salvage the Iran deal to keep the sanctions removed, which would have allowed the militant Islamic regime to continue its rogue nuclear program. At the end of last month, the United Nations recently warned that Iran produced 100 more kilograms of heavy water to build nuclear reactors – in violation of the so-called deal.
Furthermore, Obama was able to recently move through another key dealing with Iran before leaving office by allowing Boeing to sell aircraft to the militant Muslim nation via a multi-billion-dollar deal that Republicans condemned as strengthening the Middle Eastern nuclear threat to the world.
Iran feeling betrayed
The terrorist-led Islamic regime that has publicly called the United States “The Great Satan” and Israel “Little Satan” is not expected to receive the news well about the renewed sanctions that Obama previously lifted. The outgoing president also received harsh criticism for paying the terrorist-harboring nation billions of dollars in lifting the burden of previous sanctions.
Because the U.S. is no longer scratching the back of its Middle Eastern enemy now with the renewed sanctions, many are anticipating conflict.
“The extension will likely create additional tension between the U.S. and Iran, as officials in the country previously said the bill’s passage ‘is a violation of the deal,’” Townhall’s Leah Barkoukis noted.
Iran’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, promised that his nation would retaliate if sanctions – devised to curb its nuclear arsenal -- were put back into place.
“If they implement the [Iran Sanctions Act], Iran will take action accordingly,” Salehi warned, according to Reuters.
In an attempt to address the concerns of Americans who fear Iranian action against the U.S., Earnest issued a statement saying that the Obama administration will not cease to keep national security as a top priority.
"Ensuring the continued implementation of the JCPOA is a top strategic objective for the United States and for our allies and partners around the world," Earnest vowed.