Kerry asks Congress not to impose new sanctions on Iran
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 00:35
Dec.10-Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers an interim deal with Iran hinges on no new sanctions as show of good faith. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testified before Congress Tuesday, defending a November 24, 2013 deal under which Tehran would restrict its nuclear program in exchange for limited relief from U.S. economic sanctions.
He also asked skeptical U.S. lawmakers not to impose new sanctions on Iran while the United States works to negotiate a comprehensive agreement with Iran to curb its nuclear program. He says fresh sanctions would be seen as an act of bad faith because the United States agreed under a November 24 deal not to impose them. He also said new sanctions could undermine the unity of the six major powers who negotiated that deal - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.
Republicans and Democrats in the House Foreign Affairs Committee had questions about the deal. The Obama administration hopes the interim, agreement, slated to last six months but renewable for a further six months by mutual consent, will provide time to negotiate a final deal with the Iranians within a year.
(SOUNDBITE): JOHN KERRY, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE SAYING:
"We are asking you to give our negotiators and our experts the time and the space to do their jobs and that includes asking you while we negotiate that you hold off imposing new sanctions. I am not saying never. I just told you a few minutes ago, If this doesn't work, we are coming back and asking you for more. I am just saying not right now. Let me be clear, this is a very delicate diplomatic moment."
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