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Hillary Clinton urges Congress not to increase Iran sanctions

(JNS.org) Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Congress not to pass more sanctions against Iran that may interfere with current negotiations between the P5+1 powers and the Islamic Republic. Instead, Clinton said, lawmakers should work together with the Obama administration to send a unified message to Iran. Iran received what the U.S. said was $7 billion in sanctions relief in the interim nuclear agreement that it reached with the P5+1 powers last November. While the deal says Iran cannot install any new centrifuges, in January the ongoing nuclear talks hit a snag with the revelation that Iran built a new advanced nuclear centrifuge.

“As President Obama has said, we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed, while keeping all options on the table,” Clinton wrote in a letter to Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Yet Clinton added, “So long as Iran remains a sponsor of terrorism and a threat to global security, we will have to remain vigilant in defense of our allies and partners, including Israel.”

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