Obama urges Congress against new Iran sanctions

Ahead of a new round of talks between Iran and six major world powers, US President Barack Obama has urged Congress not to impose new sanctions against Iran.

Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, Obama called on lawmakers to give time to diplomacy to help a deal with Iran over its nuclear energy program.

Obama said that there was the “possibility of an agreement” with Iran, but he reassured lawmakers that sanctions could be “ramped back up” if no deal is reached.

The US president, however, repeated his mantra of keeping all options on the table regarding Iran, but warned of “unintended consequences” of a military conflict, adding that he favored the peaceful settlement of the West’s depute with Iran over its nuclear energy program.

Obama’s remarks come as Israel, concerned over a possible Iran nuclear deal, is pushing the US Congress for new sanctions against Tehran.

Israeli Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Naftali Bennett is currently in Washington to convince US lawmakers to impose further sanctions on Iran.

Last week, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Britain, China, France, Russia and the US – plus Germany, held three days of intense discussions in the Swiss city of Geneva.

The two sides did not reach an agreement, but stressed that significant progress had been made and expressed optimism about the prospect of a possible deal in the future.

The next round of talks between Iran and the six countries is slated for November 20 in the Swiss city.

By Press TV

 

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