TribLIVE

| USWorld

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Kerry urges Congress not to push Iran sanctions

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By USA Today
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 8:45 p.m.
 

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry urged members of Congress on Tuesday not to pursue tougher sanctions against Iran that some lawmakers say would help ensure the interim deal signed last month leads to a final one that keeps Iran's nuclear program peaceful.

“Believe me, we are all skeptical,” Kerry told members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. “But we now have the best chance we've ever had” to negotiate a comprehensive agreement with Iran.

“We're asking you to give our negotiators and our experts the time and the space to do their jobs,” Kerry said. That means “to hold off with new sanctions while we negotiate. I'm not saying never. I'm just saying not right now.”

The deal Kerry signed last month obligates the United States not to impose new sanctions during the six-month period of the deal. The House of Representatives passed tougher sanctions in July, and the Senate is considering a bill with new sanctions that would go into effect after the interim deal expires.

“We'll do sanctions tied to the endgame where the relief will only come if they stop the enrichment program, dismantle the reactor and turn over the enriched uranium,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told CNN on Monday.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., said in a statement that the interim deal “will effectively freeze Iran's nuclear program” and is better than the status quo, “which allows Iran to freely pursue its nuclear ambitions away from the prying eyes of the international weapons inspectors.”

Connolly's was one of the few voices supportive of the agreement at the hearing.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Obama to mandate steeper emissions cuts from power plants
  2. State Department accuses top Clinton aide of violations
  3. 2 women advance to final phase of Army Ranger training
  4. Dusty Atlantic Ocean thwarts tropical storms
  5. U.S., Hong Kong researchers develop computer model to examine spread of influenza
  6. Pressure mounts for Biden to join 2016 White House race
  7. 4 dead, 65 sickened in Bronx by Legionella
  8. Global lion population falling primarily because of loss of habitat, experts say
  9. Bee vaccination study gives insight, could aid food production
  10. Marines finally ready to roll out controversial fighter jet
  11. Construction of giant bridges sparks curiosity, high demand for public tours