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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Senate Republicans and Democrats on Monday urging them to support the resolution of disapproval.
Sanctions may be good politics, but whether they will change Russian behavior is more doubtful.
A senior official suggested that Trump hopes to see more vigilance from European nations in terms of Iran's nuclear program.
"We can export as much of our oil as we need and want."
Washington is pressuring Iran to curtail its nuclear program and stop backing militant proxies across the Middle East.
The exemptions mean officials from countries such as Iraq who may have dealings with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps would not necessarily be denied U.S. visas.
A front page story in al-Watan newspaper, which is close to the Syrian government, said the government "wanted to present the picture as it is."
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet that US sanctions were "impeding aid efforts by #IranianRedCrescent to all communities devastated by unprecedented floods."
Iran has faced economic hardship since US President Donald Trump withdrew from a multilateral nuclear deal last year and reimposed sanctions.
"Some buyers...will want Iranian oil regardless of U.S. strategic objectives to deny Tehran oil revenue, and Iran will find a way to keep some volumes flowing," said Peter Kiernan, lead energy analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit.
The Europeans would naturally say they are protecting Iranian interests with their package "but (the Iranian government) should not make this a main issue."
Islamic Republic looks to art market and other illicit sources of income in response to U.S. financial penalties.
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"We are clear; this commitment does not in any way preclude us from addressing Iran's hostile and destabilizing activities."
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