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US: Obama against More Pressures on Iran

Politics - US State Department Spokesman Alan Eyre said that Iran's good performance in recent talks with the world powers in Geneva and Tehran's high capacity in interaction with the international bodies have persuaded the US administration to prefer a diplomatic solution to end the decade-long nuclear misunderstanding between Iran and the West.

“The (US President Barack) Obama's administration is seriously against any new sanctions against Iran or it is not necessary at all,” Eyre said.

He stressed that the US Congress approach is against Obama administration’s efforts to remove any concerns concerning Iran’s nuclear program.

Eyre said that if the issue of intensification of sanctions against Iran is approved in the Senate President Obama will veto it.

During his annual news conference at the White House on Friday, Obama said that Washington should not impose further sanctions against Iran.

“If we are serious about seeking a final nuclear agreement, we should avoid imposing new sanctions,” President Obama said.

The US president went on to say, "I have said to the members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, there is no need for new sanctions legislation (against Iran)."

The warning came one day after a group of bipartisan senators introduced new legislation to impose more sanctions against Iran despite a nuclear deal reached between Tehran and the world powers in Geneva last month.

On Thursday, 13 Democrats and 13 Republicans sponsored the new Senate bill.

On November 24, Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) sealed an interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the dispute between the West and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

In exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the six countries undertook to lift some of the existing sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The United States also agreed to refrain from slapping new sanctions on Iran, but senior administration officials argued that Thursday's measures were taken as part of the existing sanctions regime against Tehran.

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