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New Anti-Tehran Sanctions May Undermine Iran Nuclear Deal: US Envoy

Sputnik News

22:14 12.01.2015(updated 22:53 12.01.2015)

New anti-Iranian sanctions are likely to undermine any Iranian nuclear deal and may potentially isolate Washington instead of Tehran, believes US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power.

MOSCOW, January 12 (Sputnik) – If the US Congress pushes toward more sanctions against Iran, it will inevitably ruin any prospect of the Iranian nuclear deal, isolating Washington instead, believes Samantha Power, the US Ambassador to the United Nations.

'If we pull the trigger on new nuclear-related sanctions now, we will go from isolating Iran to potentially isolating ourselves,' Samantha Power said in her address as quoted by Reuters.

She called upon US Republicans to establish collaborative relationship with Obama's Democratic camp in order find common grounds on such crucial issues as Iran, Cuba and counter-terrorism.

'Some members of Congress believe that the time has come to ratchet up sanctions on Iran. They argue that this is the most effective way to achieve the goal of getting Iran to give up its nuclear program,' the US envoy said.

'We in the administration believe that, at this time, increasing sanctions would dramatically undermine our efforts to reach this shared goal,' she added.

Although Tehran and Washington still cannot reach an agreement on the Iranian controversial uranium enrichment program, the US Ambassador to the UN deems that the further negotiations may prove efficient.

'We assess that we still have a credible chance of reaching the agreement we want,' Samantha Power stated during her speech, adding that if the Obama administration decided that Washington failed to achieve its goals, it would join Congress and support new anti-Iran sanctions. However, the White House has not 'reached that point yet,' according to Power.

It should be noted that US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Javad Zarif, his Iranian counterpart on Wednesday in Geneva, in order to revive the talks, the Wall Street Journal notes.

'We will see how useful it will turn out. We are constantly gauging the benefits,' Mr. Zarif told reporters in Tehran on Sunday, adding that both sides should increase their efforts to come to agreement.

Six world powers and their top officials, including the US, Britain, Germany, Russia and China have set a new June 30 deadline to sign the historic deal.


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