Senators propose new Iran sanctions bill, White House opposed
December 19th, 2013
03:42 PM ET

Senators propose new Iran sanctions bill, White House opposed

CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto

Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday that would authorize new economic sanctions on Iran if it breaches an interim agreement to limit its nuclear program or fails to strike a final accord terminating those ambitions.

The proposal led by by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, and Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican, emerged despite Obama administration appeals for Congress to defer pursuing new sanctions with diplomatic efforts ongoing.