House Democrats suggest have proposed legislation that they hope would lead to better relations with Iran.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), the sponsor of the bill, says the government must end its “no contact” policy with Iran, which now prevents any direct talks between U.S. and Iranian officials.
“The darkening clouds surrounding Iran’s nuclear program are troubling,” Lee said last week. “We must use all diplomatic tools available, including engaging in direct bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. To do that, we must lift the ‘no contact’ policy and begin negotiations.”
The bill, H.R. 783, would require the new envoy to Iran to pursue “direct, sustained, bilateral and multilateral negotiations with the Government of Iran in order to prevent war, and support human rights,” according to Lee’s summary of the bill.