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New sanctions would 'blow up' Iran nuclear talks: Susan Rice

Source: Tehran Times

U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Tuesday that placing additional sanctions on Iran would "blow up" negotiations over the country's nuclear program, The Hill news website reported.

"The P5+1 would fracture, the international community would blame the United States rather than Iran for the collapse of the negotiations, and the Iranians would conclude that there's little point in pursuing this process at the negotiating table," Rice said at a conference hosted by The Wall Street Journal.

Both Republicans and Democrats have called for Congress to impose additional sanctions on Iran.

While those efforts have been stymied by Senate Democratic leaders, the Republican takeover of the upper chamber could clear the way for tougher sanctions.

The administration is reportedly looking for a way to avoid having to get congressional approval for a deal. A successful agreement would be a major foreign policy achievement for U.S. President Barack Obama.

Recently an MP quoted the Iranian foreign minister who had said that if negotiations fail Iran would resume enriching uranium to level of 20 percent.

Under the Geneva agreement signed between Iran and the major powers (the U.S, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany) in November 2013 Iran agreed some curbs on its nuclear program.

Last month Iran and the major powers agreed to extend the nuclear talks until June 2015.


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