A Florida member of the U.S. Congress, Republican Greg Steubie, announced the intention of the Republicans to propose new sanctions against Russia, Iran and China.
“Yes, most likely, tomorrow we will present a new package of sanctions against Russia, China and Iran,” Steubie said on June 8 on Fox Business.
According to him, the new sanctions are associated with the expiration of the arms embargo on Iran.
Steubie also specified that the Republicans will propose to ban U.S. financial assistance to Lebanon.
In early May, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. would seek an extension of the UN arms embargo on Iran and would use all diplomatic means to that end.
For his part, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the U.S. actions in trying to extend the arms embargo and impose sanctions against Iran are cynical and may lead to a crisis in the UN Security Council.
In 2015, Iran, the US, Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany signed the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCAP). The document implies the lifting of sanctions against Tehran in exchange for the termination of nuclear development. In particular, Iran has pledged not to enrich uranium by more than 3.67% for 15 years and to maintain its stocks of enriched uranium at a level not exceeding 300 kg; not to build additional heavy water reactors, not to accumulate heavy water and not to develop a nuclear explosive device.
Two years ago, the U.S. side withdrew from the treaty, reinstated some sanctions against Iran and introduced new ones. On May 8, 2019, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said Tehran was suspending some of its obligations under the nuclear deal.