State Department continues to work with Congress on Iran sanctions

The U.S. State Department continues to work with Congress on sanctions legislation related to Iran in an effort to convince Iran to comply with international obligations, the State Department said on Tuesday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Tuesday during her daily press conference. Psaki responded to a question about proposed legislation that would enact a new sanctions package with the goal of bringing Iranian oil exports to zero. She said the State Department was aware of the new legislation and will work with Congress to lead the sanctions against Iran.

"We continue to work with Congress on all sanctions legislation concerning Iran," Psaki said. "We continue to lead - the administration continues to lead a comprehensive and unrelenting set of international sanctions against the Iranian regime. Iran is increasingly cut off from the global financial system. Significant amounts of Iranian oil are coming off the market. The Iranian currency is plummeting in value. And firms all over the world are divesting themselves of business with Iran."

Psaki was unwilling to comment on whether or not the State Department supports the new legislation.

The U.S. continues to push for sanctions against Iran until the country complies with international obligations related to its nuclear program.