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Kerry warns fresh Iran sanctions could scuttle nuclear talks
BBC ^ | 13 November 2013 Last updated at 20:05 ET | BBC

Posted on 11/13/2013 7:36:06 PM PST by haffast

Secretary of State John Kerry has told US lawmakers any new sanctions against Iran would risk ruining talks over Tehran's nuclear programme.

He told a Senate banking committee that the US might lose negotiating partners if it imposed economic penalties.

The panel has been considering a fresh package but legislators are divided on the measure.

Mr Kerry has told the BBC that Iran and world powers had come "extremely close" to a deal at the weekend.

Before Wednesday's closed-door meeting with senators, Washington's top diplomat told reporters: "What we're asking everybody to do is calm down, look hard at what can be achieved and what the realities are."

None of the differences between the so-called P5+1 - the US, UK, France, Russia and China plus Germany - and Iran over its nuclear programme are big enough to prevent agreement, Mr Kerry has previously said. Moving too quickly?

With the negotiators due to meet again on 20 November, both Republicans and Democrats have argued that a new round of sanctions targeting the oil and banking industries of Iran could serve as a bargaining chip in the talks.

The P5+1 has considered offering relief to Tehran on some sanctions in exchange for nuclear concessions.

Negotiations are expected to resume later this month in Geneva.

The Obama administration has offered Iran some of its frozen overseas assets if the country agrees to a deal.

But it has insisted that the strictest restrictions should remain in place until Iran conclusively proves it is not trying to assemble nuclear weapons. Iran says it is just a civilian energy programme.

Some US legislators believe the White House is moving too quickly.

In a separate hearing, several House legislators said the US should take a harder line with Iran.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biden; geneva; iran; israel; nucleariran; nucleartalks; p51; royce; tehran
"The Iranian regime hasn't paused its nuclear programme," said Representative Ed Royce, a Republican.

"Why should we pause our sanctions efforts as the administration is pressuring Congress to do?"

The BBC's Capitol Hill producer Suzanne Kianpour says that, according to senior administration officials, Mr Kerry - as well as Vice-President Joe Biden - will continue to shuttle back and forth to Congress to lobby lawmakers against proposing new sanctions.

1 posted on 11/13/2013 7:36:06 PM PST by haffast
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2 posted on 11/13/2013 7:39:07 PM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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Senators Told to ‘Ignore Israel’ On Iran (by Kerry)
INN ^ | 11/14/2013, 4:15 AM | Elad Benari
Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:12:22 PM by Olog-hai

3 posted on 11/13/2013 7:44:08 PM PST by haffast (Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.)
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Does Kerry ever shut up? Has he ever had anything intelligent to say? Can you imagine being stuck in a cabinet meeting with him?

4 posted on 11/13/2013 7:46:59 PM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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Eating too many Heinz pickles can cause john to have hemroids

5 posted on 11/13/2013 7:47:10 PM PST by JoanneSD
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6 posted on 11/13/2013 7:52:30 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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Senator sKerry. UGGGGGGGG.

7 posted on 11/13/2013 7:52:33 PM PST by ping jockey (Justice is blind)
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“What we’re asking everybody to do is calm down, look hard at what can be achieved and what the realities are.”

No kidding sherlock. I think you would do well to take a little reality break yourself. That is if that 60’s , peacnik twitsted, drug addled, brain is capable of anything resembling realism. I mean really, you did tell us you were a Nam, special operator , once. How does one that developes that level delusional thinking, lecture me on realism? Mr 2 boo-boos and an ouwee, purple heart poser.

8 posted on 11/13/2013 7:59:55 PM PST by ping jockey (Justice is blind)
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Aint that the truth.

9 posted on 11/13/2013 8:06:46 PM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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Yes, the “talks” are going so well now.

God save us all.

10 posted on 11/13/2013 8:25:10 PM PST by (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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If brains were gunpowder, Genghis might be able to blow his nose. Once.

Kerry. Al Franken. Pochahantas. Nanzi. Sheila. Cynthia. Gov. Brown. Christie. Feinswine, Chewbacca, McCain, and on-and-on ... what evidence does anyone have to the contrary that this country isn’t a kakistocracy?

11 posted on 11/13/2013 8:33:36 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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Kerry and Obama intend to save the world with false appearances and empty rhetoric. They are fools, and we will pay for it.

12 posted on 11/13/2013 9:19:55 PM PST by Spok ("What're you going to believe-me or your own eyes?" -Marx (Groucho))
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