Senators and White House officials held a meeting Thursday to draft a possible bill that seeks to implement tougher restrictions on Iran and keep the U.S. in a 2015 nuclear deal with the Middle Eastern country, Reuters reported Friday.
Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, national security adviser under President Donald Trump’s administration, met with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) at the White House to discuss possible measures.
Those include the possible termination of a requirement that directs the U.S. president to recertify the nuclear deal every 90 days and amendments to “sunset provisions” that would enable the U.S. government to reimpose sanctions if Iran’s nuclear efforts escalate.
Lawmakers have initiated efforts to draft a bipartisan bill that would authorize the president not to reimpose sanctions on Iran’s oil products as the nuclear deal approaches another deadline this week.
The Treasury Department imposed sanctions Thursday on five Iran-based companies for their involvement in activities that support the country’s ballistic missile development program.