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Clinton backs Obama in calling for Congress to hold off on new Iran sanctions
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, February 2, 2014 5:12 PM EST
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says new tough sanctions on Iran could upend sensitive talks over its nuclear development and urged Congress to hold off.
Clinton said the penalties drove Tehran to negotiate, but now diplomacy should be given a chance to succeed.
Iran, which has long maintained that its nuclear program is only for medical and peaceful energy programs, agreed in November to slow its uranium enrichment program to a level that is far below what would be necessary to make a nuclear bomb. It also agreed to increased international inspections.
Obama threatened this past week to veto any new sanctions.