Barack Obama refused to put his signature to the bill to extend U.S. sanctions against Iran for the next 10 years, the Associated Press reports.
By law, the U.S. President must sign or reject a bill within ten days after its approval by Congress. The date of signing of the document expired at midnight from Wednesday to Thursday, but the White House didn’t sign it, so the document automatically became a law in accordance with the Constitution of the country.
“The presidential administration has all the necessary powers for rejection of appropriate sanctions, and she continues to use them,” reads the official statement of the White house.
The Agency notes that Obama’s refusal to sign the document to show the disagreement of the President with Congress. In the White house believe that the extension of sanctions is not a necessary step, because the U.S. has other tools to punish Iran if necessary.
American legislators believe that the extension of the law, first adopted in 1996 and since then several times renewed, is crucial to exert pressure on Iran and force it to abide by the terms of the nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers.
The bill was passed with an overwhelming majority by the Senate and House of Congress of December 1, 2016.
Earlier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has promised US
“retaliatory actions” if Barack Obama would sign the document on the extension of sanctions, and the foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the move shows that the US is not able to perform its obligations and promised that his country will stop the implementation of the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program.