WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led Senate will only give President Barack Obama until next month before pressing ahead with new Iran sanctions.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he supports the negotiations to curb Iran’s nuclear program, but the Iranians could prevent a successful deal without new penalties.
Reid says the Senate must move forward with new sanctions after returning from a two-week recess in December.
He says senators should broaden oil sanctions and target Iranian industries supporting the nuclear program.
Obama asked senators earlier this week to hold off on new sanctions while world powers try to conclude an interim agreement with Iran. An accord may be reached in the coming days.
The GOP-led House passed additional sanctions against Iran in July and has been waiting for the Senate to act.
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