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Iran deal progress dampens push for new US sanctions Bill

Published on Jan 14, 2014 10:29 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United States President Barack Obama is more likely to win his battle with the US Congress to keep new sanctions on Iran at bay now that world powers and Teheran have made a new advance in talks to curb the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

Despite strong support for a Bill in the Senate to slap new sanctions on the Islamic Republic, analysts, lawmakers and congressional aides said on Monday that the agreement to begin implementing a nuclear deal on Jan 20 makes it harder for sanctions supporters to attract more backers.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, was one of several of the 59 co-sponsors who said there is no clamor for a vote any time soon.

"I want to talk to some of my colleagues. I'm encouraged and heartened by the apparent progress and certainly the last thing I want to do is impede that progress. But at the same time, sanctions are what has brought the Iranians to the table," he told reporters.

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