December 05, 2014

U.S. lawmakers pausing on Iran sanctions over nuclear talks

Featuring Elizabeth Rosenberg

Source: Los Angeles Times

Journalist Paul Richter

Congress' passion for sanctions against Iran has united lawmakers of both parties and different political perspectives.

But many lawmakers seem to be having second thoughts about their vows to immediately hit Iran with new economic penalties if Tehran's negotiators didn't agree to curb the nation's controversial nuclear program in negotiations that reached a one-year deadline last week. Instead, it appears that additional penalties probably will be delayed at least four months, which is the latest deadline for the negotiations between Iran and six world powers.

Though many longtime lawmakers are eager for immediate penalties, it appears they don't have enough votes to override a threatened veto by President Obama. And some lawmakers are worrying that new penalties could upend the long-running negotiations, sticking the United States — and Congress in particular — with the blame.

Read the full article at The Los Angeles Times.

  • Elizabeth Rosenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Energy, Economics and Security Program

    Elizabeth Rosenberg is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics and Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. In this capacity, she publishes an...