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US Congress skeptical of Iran nuclear talks extension

A traffic light shows red in front of the US Capitol on October 3, 2013 in WashingtonUS House and Senate members reacted coolly Monday to an extension of international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, with skeptical lawmakers demanding Congress “tighten the economic vice on Tehran” through new sanctions. No sooner had the extension been announced in Vienna and US Secretary of State John Kerry implored US lawmakers not to “walk away” from the negotiations by slapping punitive sanctions on Iran, that several lawmakers advocated just that, setting up a potential White House clash with Congress. “Now more than ever, it’s critical that Congress enacts sanctions that give Iran’s mullahs no choice but to dismantle their illicit nuclear program,” Republican Senator Mark Kirk, who supports new sanctions, said in a statement.

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