US Senator Menendez says moving on new Iran oil sanctions, open to relief

WASHINGTON - An influential US senator said on Thursday some US lawmakers are moving forward on new US sanctions to further cut Iranian petroleum sales, but held out the possibility of sanctions relief if Iran lives up to its UN Security Council obligations.
"Some of us are moving forward with a new round of sanctions which will require further reduction in purchases of Iranian petroleum," Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, a Democrat, said at a congressional hearing. "But we are also serious about relief from sanctions if the Iranian government meets it Security Council (responsibilities)."
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