With international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program at a crucial stage, US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged the US Congress not apply any more sanctions.
Kerry told reporters: “Our hope now is that no new sanctions are put in place for the simple reason that if they are, it could be viewed as bad faith by the people we are negotiating with, it could destroy the ability to be able to get an agreement and it could actually wind up setting us back in a dialogue that has taken 30 years to be able to achieve. We are asking Congress to give the diplomacy they sought a chance to be able to work.”
As Kerry rallied for support in Washington, in Lebanon. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah – the leader of the Hezbollah movement – has spoken out, saying that failure to reach a deal with Iran could lead to war in the Middle East.
Talks between Iran and the P5+1 powers – the US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany – are set to reconvene on November 20.