Biden Encourages Congress to Hold Off on Sanctions Against Iran

Posted on: October 31st, 2013 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Vice President Joe Biden will join Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Thursday afternoon to brief Senate Democratic leadership on sanctions against Iran, an aide to the vice president said Thursday.

Biden will ask the lawmakers to hold off on passing any additional sanctions against Iran at this time.

“It is important for Congress to reserve its ability to legislate for the moment when it’s most effective in order to give the current P5+1 negotiations the best chance to make real progress in achieving our shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” an aide to the vice president said. “The window for negotiation is limited, and if progress isn’t made, there may be a time when more sanctions are, in fact, necessary.  We have always said that there would be no agreement overnight, and we’ve been clear that this process is going to take some time.”

“Congress has been an important partner in our efforts thus far.  We will continue our close consultation, as we have in the past, so that any congressional action is aligned with our negotiating strategy as we move forward,” the aide said.

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