President Obama hails Iran deal, argues against new sanctions
“Now is the time to give diplomacy a chance to succeed,” Obama said in a written statement after the European Union said that Iran and six major powers had reached an accord to implement a Nov. 24 nuclear agreement with Iran.That agreement is designed to curtail Iran’s nuclear activities for a six-month period beginning on Jan. 20 in exchange for sanctions relief from the six major powers: Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.
The United States and Israel have both refused to rule out the possibility of military action against Iran’s nuclear program if the matter cannot be resolved diplomatically.
The officials, who spoke to reporters on condition that they not be identified, said that some sanctions relief will start on the first day of the six-month agreement’s implementation — Jan. 20 — and some withheld until its final day.
One official said access to some of these funds depended on Iran keeping its commitment to dilute half of its 20 percent enriched uranium to no more than 5 percent enriched uranium.
Sanctions proponents argue that the economic penalties have brought Iran to the negotiating table and that keeping up the pressure with more sanctions is the way to ensure that Iran keeps to the Nov. 24 accord and negotiates a comprehensive deal.
If the bill were brought up for a vote, it would need at least 60 votes to pass. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has not yet indicated when — or whether — he would allow a vote on the measure.
The House overwhelmingly passed a bill calling for tougher sanctions in July, months before the nuclear talks started.
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