|January 17th, 2015|
President Obama Vows to Veto New Iran Sanctions info
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President Obama says he will veto proposed bipartisan legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran so long as diplomatic negotiations over a nuclear deal remain underway.
"I will veto a bill that comes to my desk," Obama said in response to a question from ABC News at a joint news conference with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron.
"There is no good argument for us to undercut, undermine the negotiations until they play out," Obama said.
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Obama said hitting Iran's economy with new sanctions in the next 60 to 90 days would violate an interim agreement reached last year, deepen recriminations, and heighten the risk of a military confrontation.
"Congress needs to show patience," Obama said.
If a deal is not reached, with assurances that Iran could not obtain a nuclear weapon, "I would be the first one to come to Congress to say we need to tighten the screws," he added.
Republicans and Democrats in Congress are pushing for another immediate round of sanctions on the Iranian economy, a move lead by some high-profile White House allies.
At a Senate Democratic retreat Thursday in Baltimore, Md., Obama reportedly clashed with Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey who is leading the charge on new Iran sanctions, even as talks are ongoing.
PHOTO: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as former EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton looks prior to closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna, Austria, Nov. 20, 2014.Ronald Zak/AP Photo
PHOTO: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as former EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton looks prior to closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna, Austria, Nov. 20, 2014.
While the gathering was closed to reporters, Menendez was said to have taken “personal offense” to Obama’s suggestion that the legislation was politically-motivated, sources told the New York Times.
Obama said today that the chances of a deal with Iran are “likely less than 50-50" -- but argued the talks are the best chance in decades of resolving the nuclear standoff.
The next round of talks between Iran and the major world powers take place Sunday in Geneva, Switzerland. The U.S. will be joined by Great Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.
Ahead of the meeting, Secretary of State John Kerry met today in Paris with his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Both men also huddled in Geneva on Wednesday as they negotiate terms of a potential deal.
Prime Minister Cameron also warned Congress against new sanctions and said he would personally call lawmakers to express the UK view.
"I have contacted a couple senators this morning, and I may speak to a few more this afternoon," he said, "simply to make the point that as a country that stands along side America in these vital negotiations that its our opinion that further sanctions won't help."
The major western powers and Iran have given themselves until late June to reach a comprehensive agreement that would ultimately rescind tough western sanctions on Iran in exchange for its verifiable move away from development of a nuclear bomb.
Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday that even the detention of three Americans in Iran and unresolved case of a fourth missing in the country would not be a barrier to a possible nuclear deal.
|March 30th, 2015|
Congressional and Executive lack of co operation is begging to really take a tole of our decision making processes.
This party debate is getting ridiculous as we are now missing our golden opportunity to resolve this international issue from our own bickering.
The world still turns when Congress is gridlocked, and outside U.S. borders nobody cares about being either Republican or Democrat. Figured that lightbulb would go off in Congress somewhere by now.