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US, Britain Oppose New Iran Sanctions

by VOA News January 16, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron say they oppose any new sanctions on Iran, saying they would jeopardize ongoing talks on Tehran's nuclear program.

At a joint news conference following White House talks, Obama made clear to the U.S. Congress that he would veto any legislation that calls for new sanctions.

Cameron said he has personally contacted some U.S. senators about the issue.

​​Earlier in Paris, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif for talks on Tehran's nuclear program, after discussions on the issue earlier this week in Geneva.

Iran and six world powers - the U.S., Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia - are trying to reach a final deal on Iran's nuclear program by a July 1 deadline.

The talks were extended after a November deadline for a deal was missed.

The so-called P5 + 1 countries want Iran to scale back its uranium enrichment program to keep it from being able to build a nuclear bomb. In exchange, sanctions against Iran would be lifted.

Iran says its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.

A State Department official said Kerry met with Zarif in Paris for approximately an hour to follow up on their meeting from earlier this week in Geneva. The official said they agreed to stay in touch and plan to meet again in the coming weeks.

Kerry was in Paris to honor the victims of last week's terror attacks.

On Thursday, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the nuclear talks with Iran were in a 'decisive phase' and that no more time could be wasted. He said extensions to a temporary agreement could not continue indefinitely.

Pamela Dockins contributed to this report from Paris

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