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October 4, 2013 5:08 pm

New Iran Sanctions Should be Delayed Until Negotiations, State Department Official Says

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U.S. State Department official Wendy Sherman (pictured) said that it would be helpful if the U.S. Senate held off on additional Iranian sanctions before scheduled Western talks with Iran on Oct. 15 in Geneva. Photo: State Department.

JNS.orgU.S. State Department official Wendy Sherman, America’s lead negotiator with Iran, recommended that the U.S. Senate hold off on additional Iranian sanctions before scheduled Western talks with Iran on Oct. 15 in Geneva, Reuters reported.

Republican senators, however, slammed Sherman and said they plan to go ahead with Iran sanctions regardless of negotiations.

“The State Department should not aid and abet a European appeasement policy by pressuring the Senate to delay sanctions while the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism races toward a nuclear weapons capability,” U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), a leading advocate of sanctions, said in a statement.

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In an interview with Charlie Rose of PBS on Oct. 2, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that all Iran sanctions should be maintained.

“The policy should be not to let Iran… wiggle away with a partial deal in which they make cosmetic concessions, you lift the sanctions or part of them. Once you do that, the sanction regime can collapse,” Netanyahu said.

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  • JOHN TRAIN

    I LIVED WITH THE IRANIANS> THE US SHOULD DEMAND THE HIGH STANDARD FOR ANY POSSIBLE DEAL, AS OUTLINED BY THE FOREIGN POLICY INSTITUTE’S ROBERT ZARATE.

    What does this mean in practice?

    “1. Any Iranian nuclear deal should require ‘zero enrichment’ to close off Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb using centrifuges to produce weapons-usable high enriched uranium….
    2. Any Iranian nuclear deal should require ‘zero reprocessing’ to close off Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb using plutonium that could be separated from a reactor’s spent nuclear fuel….
    3. Any Iranian nuclear deal should require Iran to fully comply with its international obligations through ‘complete and total transparency’—that is, by allowing nuclear inspection activities far beyond those required by its NPT-required IAEA safeguards agreement.”

    If Rouhani can agree to such terms and get the rest of the Iranian establishment, led by Ayatollah Khamenei, to go along, then he is what he seems to be-a true moderate who is interested in de-escalating the confrontation between Iran and the West.

    IF NOT, ROUHANI IS UP TO HIS OLD TRICKS-USING NEGOTIATIONS TO BUY TIME FOR THE NUCLEAR PROGRAM TO DEVELOP, AS HE HAS PREVIOUSLY ADMITTED TO DOING.

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