Obama poised to veto fresh Iran sanctions: Analyst

The administration of US President Barack Obama will veto any legislation for tougher sanctions against Iran because Tehran’s influence is growing in the Middle East region, an analyst says.

“I have no doubt that the Obama administration would veto any such legislation [which]were to pass Congress and that they would be unable to override the veto,” James H. Fetzer told Press TV in an interview on Wednesday.

He added that the Obama administration’s opposition to the Senate sanctions bill stems from “a considerable change in attitude involving where American influence in the Middle East is waning, Iranian influence is growing.”

A bill is being pushed by US senators to slap new sanctions on Iran which would require further reduction in Iran’s oil exports.

Fetzer said the Israeli regime and “its allies in Congress want to undermine” the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, adding, “They are trying to do everything they can to provoke Iran to withdraw.”

Iran is in talks with six world powers – the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany – regarding its nuclear program. Last November, they reached a breakthrough interim deal in Geneva for the resolution of standoff on Iran’s nuclear activities.

Fetzer noted that Iran has never sought to develop nuclear bomb and that “the entire world knows that the official policy of Iran is nuclear energy for all, nuclear weapons for none.”

Iran on Tuesday warned against the imposition of new sanctions, saying fresh US sanctions against the Islamic Republic will scupper the Geneva nuclear talks and the ensuing deal.

President Obama’s administration has insisted that the sanctions bill would damage talks between Iran and world powers.

By Press TV


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