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One of the veteran members of the Congress voiced his support for new sanctions to be imposed against Iran in a passionate speech before Thursday’s vote.

The former chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Robert Menendez stood against the views of his own party, the Democrats, and Obama’s administration, calling for new measures to be taken against Iran, and repeating his dismay at the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal. He and only another three members of the Democratic Party voted against the nuclear deal.

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INU - On Thursday, it was reported that the US House of Representatives had voted to prohibit the Treasury Department for granting licenses for the sale of commercial aircraft to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Fox News indicates that the bill passed the lower house of Congress by the considerable margin of 243 to 174 but now faces stiff opposition from the Democratic minority in Senate, which is more strongly aligned with President Barack Obama and which wields sufficient power to obstruct some pieces of closely contested legislation.

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INU - On Monday, PanArmenian reported that two men of Armenia origin had been arrested and arraigned the previous week in California, on accusations that they violated sanctions by trying to help Iranian entities acquire parts for American military jets, namely F-14s, F-15s, F-16s, and F-18s. The total value of the would-be purchases has been estimated at 3.6 million dollars, and the numerous counts against each defendant, together with the accusation of conspiracy, means that each man may be facing sentences in the area of 100 years.

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INU - The international campaign designed to warn companies about the dangers of doing business with the mullah’s regime in Iran is reported to have "soured the mood" at the first Iran Investment Summit held in Singapore last week, according to the international business channel CNBC World.

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INU - On Thursday, Reuters reported that the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives had indicated that the legislative body might vote on reauthorization of the Iran Sanctions Act as early as mid-November. The act is set to expire at the end of the year, and a “clean” authorization of it would extend its mandate for an additional 10 years.

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INU - On October 26, an article in the Washington Examiner by Susan Crabtree reports that news of Iran’s demands for at least $4 million for the safe return of a U.S. permanent resident confirms the fears of the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee: that the Obama administration’s cash payment to Tehran in January is encouraging Iran to take more hostages.

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