Obama to Congress: Give Iran sanctions a chance

See, this is an issue. We have them on the ropes, we have them actually at the table, and they look like they’re going down. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO RELENT. We need to hammer them, we need to cripple them. The worse the sanctions are, the better chance we have to really cripple the Mullah regime. C’mon Mr. President, you can’t let up now.

CNN Security Clearance

By Jamie Crawford

Additional sanctions targeting Iran’s disputed nuclear program could undermine international progress already made on the issue, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

“If we’re serious about pursuing diplomacy then there’s no need for us to add new sanctions on top of the sanctions that are already very effective, and that brought them to the table in the first place,” Obama told reporters at the White House.

Obama said he would like to see if a “short-term, phase-one deal” with Iran can be put in place in the near term that requires Tehran to freeze aspects of its nuclear program while the international community negotiates a more comprehensive long-term deal.

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