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Obama Administration Holds Off Iran Sanctions

Eric Parra |
October 26, 2013 | 2:04 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

The Obama Administration is still trying to pick up the pieces from before the shutdown (Neontommy/creative commons)
The Obama Administration is still trying to pick up the pieces from before the shutdown (Neontommy/creative commons)
According to President Obama, now is not the time to enact sanctions against Iran.

Administration is currently asking Congress to wait on sanctions to give current negotiations more time, such as giving negotiators more flexibility in talks of nuclear capabilities. Other politicians are arguing that now is the time to attack, not let up, in the situation, but Obama is worried that the tables are full as is.

According to State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, the administration’s national security team made a consensus to hold off so that more leeway could be made to help move negotiations forward at a later time.

From the Irish Examiner:

"At the White House, national security council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the negotiations would not last indefinitely without progress and movement from Iran, which has long defied international demands to come clean about its nuclear intentions.

“The window for negotiation is not open-ended and if progress isn’t made, there may be a time when more sanctions are, in fact, necessary,” Ms Hayden said. “We have always said that there would be no agreement overnight, and we’ve been clear that this process is going to take some time.”

She also mentioned that additional sanctions would still be imposed at a later time if the Iranians could not meet their obligations, while no currently existing sanctions are planned to be lifted.

As of now, the Senate Banking committee is intending to plan new sanctions for Iran once the government reopens. 


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