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US Senate hawks move to scuttle Iran deal by extending sanctions: Analyst

Republican Senator Mark Kirk is pushing to extend sanctions against Iran for 10 additional years.

A recent legislative move by US Senate hawks to extend sanctions against Iran for 10 additional years is nothing but an attempt to “scuttle” an emerging nuclear deal, says an antiwar activist.

“This is an effort to scuttle the negotiated deal between Iran and the P5+1 over Iran’s nuclear program,” Joe Iosbaker, a leader of the United National Antiwar Coalition, told Press TV on Friday.

Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) have filed an amendment to the national defense budget that would extend congressional sanctions against Iran.

If passed, the amendment would extend the Sanctions Act of 1996 until the end of 2026. The current act is set to expire at the end of 2016.

“There are other powerful US corporate forces that have a really profitable stake in war,” Iosbaker said, adding that those forces are attempting to “sabotage” an agreement.

“The weapons manufacturers; look at their sales to the Saudis. The bunker busters that are made by the Boeing Company headquartered here in Chicago. Israel has bought thousands of those which are mainly designed to be used against Iran,” he explained.

“So it is a possibility, it’s a threat that the new US congressional sanctions could put an end to even this minimal thaw,” Iosbaker concluded.

Representatives from Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the US, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany – are negotiating in Vienna to finalize a nuclear deal.

The two sides extended their self-imposed end-of-June deadline for a comprehensive agreement to July 7.

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