70-plus House Dems back diplomatic drive with Iran

More than 70 Democrats from the US House of Representatives have signed a letter to President Barack Obama in support of diplomacy with Iran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

Reps. Lloyd Doggett of Texas and David Price of North Carolina are circulating the letter, which advises against any new sanctions on the country and warns against jeopardizing possible diplomatic success, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

The communication cautions against even a resolution that could undermine the international coalition negotiating with Iran or jeopardize any progress toward reaching a verifiable final agreement with the Islamic Republic over its peaceful nuclear activities.

Obama has said he would veto any new sanctions that the Congress may pass on Iran.

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has likewise opposed new sanctions against Iran.

“Now that serious negotiations are finally under way, we should do everything we can to test whether they can advance a permanent solution. As President Obama said, we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed, while keeping all options on the table,” she has said.

An interim nuclear deal was clinched between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations  Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US – plus Germany in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013. The deal came into force on January 20.

Iran and the six world powers are scheduled to hold the next round of their talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna on February 18.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that a final deal with world powers is possible within six months if there is good will.

By Press TV


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