The House of Representatives in a meeting decided to impose new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.
This move is the result of a deal reached between Democrates and Republicans at the weekend. The aim is to punish Moscow for its alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and the reunion of Crimea with Russia, potentially complicating President Donald Trump’s efforts of improving relations with Moscow.
The Crimea re-union happened after about 97% of voters of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea chose “going home” in a referendum on March, 2014.
According to Republican Senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, deal the negotiators had was a “very good weekend” but the announcement “seemed somewhat premature.”
“We’re about there, there’s still some issues we’re discussing but, you know, I think it worked out very, very well, we still got a couple of things to talk about on North Korea,” Corker said.
The President could veto the bill if it reaches his desk, but there is a probability that Congress could override his veto with a two-thirds vote.
The Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act, overwhelmingly passed by the Senate in mid-June and Republicans proposed that North Korea sanctions be included in the bill.
The House now will vote on a bunch of sanctions covering Iran, North Korea and Russia. The legislation would make it much harder for the President to lift sanctions against Russia.
The two-party measure also includes sanctions against Iran and its Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and North Korea, for its missile tests.
“I am pleased to see the Congress work as a whole to hold Iran, Russia, and North Korea accountable for their continued destabilizing activities across the world,” Democratic Senator Robert Menendez said in a statement on Monday.
Since his start on January 20, President Trump has adopted a hostile policy towards Iran. He has repeatedly vowed to cancel the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries and the administration has imposed new sanctions.
In addition, Trump reportedly planned to designate IRGC as a terrorist organization, but the US State and Defense Departments cautioned him against it as it may worse the condition.