U.S. State Department expresses concern about Iran sanctions bill

The U.S. State Department has concerns over the specific contents of a proposed Iran sanctions bill that recently passed the House of Representatives, a department spokesperson said on Thursday.

Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Thursday during her daily press briefing. When asked about the U.S. position on where the proposed legislation would take diplomacy with Iran, Harf said the department would work with Congress to figure out the best way to implement future sanctions.

"We do have some concerns over the specific contents of the legislation and look forward to working with the Congress as this legislation moves to the Senate," Harf said. "I'm not going to go into more detail about what those concerns might be, but I think, broadly speaking, the administration is clearly committed to enforcing a comprehensive set of sanctions against the Iranian government. There can be no doubt in Iran, certainly, or among any of us that the administration is committed to that. We will continue working with Congress to determine the best way to implement potential further sanctions."

Harf refused to discuss the department's concerns with the bill. She did say, however, that the U.S. must implement sanctions on Iran in a responsible way.