Iran General News White House: New Iran sanctions could lead U.S. to...

White House: New Iran sanctions could lead U.S. to ‘war’


UPI: The White House warned Congress imposing new economic sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program could lead the United States on a “march to war.” The heightened rhetoric came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was to meet behind closed doors with members of the Senate Banking Committee.

United Press International

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) — The White House warned Congress imposing new economic sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program could lead the United States on a “march to war.”

The heightened rhetoric came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was to meet behind closed doors Wednesday with members of the Senate Banking Committee, which is weighing new sanctions against Iran’s energy and financial sectors, similar to a measure approved by the House in August.

Kerry will appeal to skeptical lawmakers of both parties to wait at least a week before considering the new wave of punitive sanctions, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

He will ask them to put the sanctions a “temporary pause” to give the international community time to try to finalize a deal, after failing early Sunday to produce an interim agreement on limiting Tehran’s nuclear program.

The United States and the four other permanent U.N. Security Council members — Britain, France, Russia and China — plus Germany, plan to meet again with Iran in a week to pick up where the failed Geneva, Switzerland, talks left off.

The congressional pause would seek to make sure “our legislative strategy and our negotiating strategy are running hand in hand,” Psaki told reporters Tuesday.

Adding new layers of punitive sanctions on the Persian Gulf country would likely seriously complicate the new talks and strengthen hardliners in Tehran who want to see the collapse of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s diplomatic initiative, diplomats say.

Vice President Joe Biden was expected to engage with lawmakers as well, British newspaper The Guardian said.

The White House views Biden, a former senator from Delaware, as a legislative deal closer.

President Barack Obama, Biden and Kerry were to meet in the Oval Office at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the White House said Tuesday night.

The proposed six-month interim deal, which did not come to pass Sunday despite earlier diplomatic statements suggesting an accord was likely, would temporarily freeze some of Iran’s nuclear programs in exchange for a partial easing of Western sanctions.

Washington and many allies, including Israel, maintain Iran is covertly trying to develop a capacity to build nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

The White House echoed State Department comments, but escalated the war of words.

Holding off on sanctions “is a decision to support diplomacy and a possible peaceful resolution to this issue,” spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at the White House.

“The American people, justifiably and understandably, prefer a peaceful solution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” he said. “And this agreement, if it’s achieved, has the potential to do that.

“The American people do not want a march to war,” he said.

“And it is important to understand that if pursuing a resolution diplomatically is disallowed or ruled out, what options then do we and our allies have to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon?” Carney said.

“Short of an agreement, Iran will continue to make progress in its nuclear program,” he said.

Latest news

Iran’s FM Zarif Should Be Held to Account for Terrorism

The trial of Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi and his three co-conspirators for the attempted bombing of the 2018 Free...

Trial of Iranian Diplomat and His Accomplices for Bombing Opposition’s Rally

On December 3, a court in Antwerp, Belgium, held the second day of the high-profile trial of Assadollah Assadi, a Vienna-based...

Shocking Statistics of Murdering Women in Iran

Iran is one of only six countries that have not signed the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of...

Tehran’s Monopoly and Economic Instability

Since the ayatollahs and their brokers captured Iran's economy, they only provided economic facilities and opportunities only for their...

Iran: Human Rights Situation in November 2020

At the beginning of every new month, Iran Human Rights Monitor produces a report into the dire situation of...

Iranian Authorities’ Confused Reactions to Nuclear Expert’s Death

On November 27, the Iranian government confirmed reports about the death of its prominent nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. The...

Must read

Germany rebuffs U.S. calls to shut Iran bank

Wall Street Journal: Germany is resisting international pressure to...

Turkey’s Erdogan due in Iran on Saturday

Iran Focus: Ankara, Nov. 30 - Turkey's Prime Minister...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you