Skip to comments.Kerry warns fresh Iran sanctions could scuttle nuclear talks
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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"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.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:12:22 PM by Olog-hai
Does Kerry ever shut up? Has he ever had anything intelligent to say? Can you imagine being stuck in a cabinet meeting with him?
Eating too many Heinz pickles can cause john to have hemroids
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Senator sKerry. UGGGGGGGG.
“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.
Aint that the truth.
Yes, the “talks” are going so well now.
God save us all.
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?
Kerry and Obama intend to save the world with false appearances and empty rhetoric. They are fools, and we will pay for it.