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Nov 24, 2013

Obama launches sales job on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
said on Saturday a deal between Iran and world powers was a big
step toward a comprehensive solution on Tehran’s nuclear program
as he tried to win over critics in the U.S. Congress and Israel.

A senior U.S. official said Obama planned to call Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to try to assuage
Israeli concerns about the agreement.

Nov 24, 2013

Obama launches sales job on controversial Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Saturday a deal between Iran and world powers was a big first step toward a comprehensive solution to Iran’s nuclear program as he launched a sales effort to convince critics in the U.S. Congress to go along with the agreement.

“There are substantial limitations which will help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon,” Obama argued in a late-night appearance at the White House after the deal was sealed in Geneva. “Simply put, they cut off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb.”

Nov 21, 2013

Reid pledges to move ahead with Iran sanctions in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Thursday he was committed to moving ahead with a tougher Iran sanctions bill when the Senate returns from a holiday recess early next month, adding to pressure on negotiators meeting in Geneva on a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

“I will support a bill that would broaden the scope of our current petroleum sanctions, place limitations on trade with strategic sectors of the Iranian economy that support its nuclear ambitions, as well as pursue those who divert goods to Iran,” Reid said on the Senate floor.

Nov 21, 2013

Reid committed to moving ahead with Iran sanctions in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Thursday he was committed to moving ahead with a tougher Iran sanctions bill when the Senate returns from a holiday recess early next month, adding to pressure on Tehran as negotiators meet in Geneva on a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

“I will support a bill that would broaden the scope of our current petroleum sanctions, place limitations on trade with strategic sectors of the Iranian economy that support its nuclear ambitions, as well as pursue those who divert goods to Iran,” Reid said on the Senate floor.

Nov 19, 2013

Top U.S. lawmakers urge Obama to take tougher line on Iran

WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Senior U.S. lawmakers urged
the Obama administration on Tuesday to take a tougher line in
negotiations with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, saying Tehran
should roll back its nuclear program before economic sanctions
are eased.

Democratic Senators Charles Schumer, Robert Menendez and Bob
Casey, as well as Republicans John McCain, Lindsey Graham and
Susan Collins signed the letter to Secretary of State John
Kerry, released a day before a third round of talks in Geneva
between Iran and six world powers.

Nov 19, 2013

U.S. Senate votes to extend worldwide anti-AIDS program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Monday to extend for another five years a successful and popular program to combat AIDS worldwide started 10 years ago by former President George W. Bush.

The 100-member Senate approved the measure by unanimous voice vote. It is expected to be considered – and passed – by the House of Representatives as soon as Tuesday before going to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Nov 19, 2013

U.S. congressional action on Iran sanctions unlikely this month

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Legislation to impose tough
new sanctions on Iran is not expected to come to a vote in the
Senate before December, after the end of the next round of
negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program, U.S. lawmakers and
congressional aides said on Monday.

As diplomats headed to Geneva for a third round of talks
this week, members of Congress have been debating behind closed
doors whether to go ahead with the new set of stricter economic
sanctions on Iran relating to its nuclear program.

Nov 15, 2013

Bid for more sanctions on Iran could reach Senate next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation to impose tough new sanctions on Iran could come to the Senate floor next week, just as diplomats head to Geneva for a third round of talks aimed at curbing Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons work.

President Barack Obama has appealed to Congress to hold off on new sanctions to allow time to pursue a diplomatic deal. But Congress is generally more hawkish about Iran than the administration, and both Republicans and some of Obama’s fellow Democrats have balked at any further delay.

Nov 14, 2013

U.S. lawmakers question Obama’s plea for Iran sanctions pause

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior U.S. lawmakers expressed sharp frustration with the Obama administration’s call to delay new sanctions against Iran on Wednesday, underscoring the difficult sales job the Democratic president has as he pursues a rapprochement with Tehran.

Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and other top officials visited Capitol Hill to warn senators that implementing the new measures could scuttle delicate talks between Iran and world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Nov 13, 2013

Kerry warns that new U.S. sanctions could torpedo Iran talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If the Congress imposes new sanctions against Iran, it could scuttle ongoing international negotiations aimed at curbing Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons work, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

“The risk is that if Congress were to unilaterally move to raise sanctions it could break faith in those negotiations and actually stop them and break them apart,” Kerry told reporters before a meeting with U.S. senators on the matter.

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      "Patricia Zengerle covers foreign policy and national security on Capitol Hill for Reuters. She recently covered the 2012 campaign and the White House and had been an editor in Washington, D.C., an editor in London, and a correspondent in Miami, Pittsburgh and New York. You can follow her on Twitter @ReutersZengerle"
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