The 2015 deal eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear program.
A Treasury Department report submitted to Congress lists 210 Russian government officials and billionaires close to the government who may be subject to U.S. sanctions. The list, commonly referred to as the “Putin list,” is required by Congress as part of legislation meant to penalize Russia for its interference in the 2016 elections and for its invasion of Ukraine.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin linked the sanctions to the uprising against Iran’s theocracy.
The United States announced Wednesday a new round of sanctions under the Magnitsky Act.
Trump claimed the law had “a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions,” but still approved sanctions against Iran — and Russia and North Korea.
Trump reportedly was unhappy with the bill because of its Russia component, but any veto would likely be overturned by Congress.
Trump will now have to choose between signing the bill and angering Vladimir Putin, and vetoing the bill and angering AIPAC.
“If that deal doesn’t conform to what it’s supposed to conform to, it’s going to be big, big problems for them,” Trump said at an Ohio rally.
The bill adds sanctions on Iran due to its ballistic missile program and support for terrorism. Only Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul voted against it.
One expert testified that Hezbollah is one of the largest drug exporters and money-laundering organizations in the world.