Senator Blocks One Route for New Iran Sanctions as Other Lawmakers Plan ‘Next Steps’

By Colby Adams

The chairman of a Senate committee vowed Thursday to block additional sanctions against Iran in an effort to protect last month's multilateral accord to suspend portions of the country's nuclear program. In a hearing, Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) told fellow members of the Senate Banking Committee that imposing additional Iran sanctions before the beginning of the 6-month plan outlined in the accord could disrupt the international coalition of countries that have agreed to scale back their financial ties with the Islamic republic. "Existing sanctions will continue to bite, and to bite hard," said Johnson, of the sanctions that will remain...