Obama reiterates opposition to new Iran sanctions

AP News
Posted: Jan 13, 2014 4:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging Congress to not impose new sanctions on Iran.

An international deal was announced over the weekend for Iran to roll back its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Obama told reporters Monday that the agreement, "allows us to have the time and space" to negotiate a longer term deal.

The president says he wants to give diplomacy a chance. And if Iran doesn't live up to the terms, the international community will be in a strong position to respond.

Skeptics in Congress argue that tough sanctions are what brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place and that it's too soon to ease that pressure.