Lisa Mascaro
December 2, 2013

Key lawmakers said Sunday they expect to press forward with an Iran sanctions package that can be imposed quickly if the interim accord to freeze Tehran’s nuclear program fails to lead to a long-term deal.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, suggested additional sanctions would provide an “insurance policy” over the next six months as the interim agreement between Iran and six world powers, including the United States, is implemented.

“I hope the deal can be successful,” Menendez said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “But we need to be ready to move forward.”

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