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Obama to Push Delay in New Iran Sanctions as Talks Continue

Source: VOA

President Barack Obama will directly appeal to lawmakers to delay any new sanctions against Iran while international negotiations aimed at curbing the country's nuclear program continue.

Obama is hosting a meeting on Tuesday at the White House with the leaders of the Senate's committees on banking, foreign relations, armed services and intelligence.

He will give an update on the talks in Geneva between Iran and the P5+1, which are due to resume Wednesday, and continue his administration's push to allow that diplomacy to take its course.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday there is "no question" the impact of existing sanctions brought Iran to the negotiating table, and asked for time to see what the negotiations achieve.

"Factually, we are closer than we have been in years to coming to an agreement with the Iranians through the P5+1 process. So no one wants to see this move to the alternative, which is a path to aggression, a path to potential conflict, even a path to war. And we want diplomacy to be given the chance to breathe, to be given the opportunity to succeed," said Psaki.

Some lawmakers have called for new sanctions on Iran, saying such measures will help force Tehran to give up its nuclear program.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted Monday that during the previous round of talks in Geneva, the sides were quite close to an agreement but warned "resorting to excesses could complicate our journey to a win-win outcome."

Rouhani also tweeted that all of Iran's nuclear activities "are peaceful" and under the supervision of the United Nations' nuclear agency .

The six world powers taking part in the talks -- the United States, Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany -- want Iran to curb its enrichment activity, while Iran is seeking relief from sanctions that have hurt its economy.

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