Secretary of State John Kerry, left, takes a seat across from Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in January in Vienna, before a meeting about the implementation of a deal focused on Iran’s nuclear program. (Courtesy State Department via Flickr)
The House plans to vote to renew expiring sanctions on Iran without adding provisions the White House would likely find objectionable, and sources say President Barack Obama is likely to let such a “clean” bill become law.
At issue is the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, which targets the nation’s energy sector and is due to expire Dec. 31. The White House says the president and Treasury Department already possess the sanctions-issuing authorities that the law grants. But Obama likely would not veto a “clean” renewal because administration officials have concluded it would not violate the terms of the nuclear deal the U.S. and other world powers brokered with Tehran last year, according to a source with knowledge of the White House’s deliberations.