Despite Overtures from Rouhani, U.S. Should Pass New Iran Sanctions, Says Think Tank Director

Lawmakers should press ahead with Iran sanctions bills despite pressure to put off new restrictions while American and Iranian officials hold nuclear talks, according to David Ibsen, executive director of United Against Nuclear Iran, a Washington, D.C.-based policy center and longtime sanctions advocate. So far, the U.S. Senate has delayed consideration of a bill passed by the House of Representatives in July that would target Iran's automotive and mining sectors and require countries to reduce oil purchases. A separate bill would curtail Iran's access to foreign currency by closing off U.S. correspondent accounts to banks that process payments for blacklisted...