HOME > NEWSROOM > ARTICLES > Administration Wants Patience on Iran Talks

Administration Wants Patience on Iran Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was on Capitol Hill this week urging Senators not to move forward with any new sanctions on Iran while the Administration is in diplomatic talks aimed at curtailing Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Before a closed briefing with the Senate Banking Committee, which has jurisdiction over such economic sanctions, Secretary Kerry told reporters, “We now are negotiating, and the risk is that if Congress were to unilaterally move to raise sanctions, it could break faith with those negotiations and actually stop them and break them apart.” In his briefing that day with reporters, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney added:

[I]t should be clear to Members of Congress who do not believe we ought to pursue the potential for a peaceful resolution here that there’s a binary choice.  If not at least testing the hypothesis that Iran is serious about resolving this diplomatically, then what option do we have left? And those who take that position ought to be clear that they, in essence, are suggesting that war is the only alternative.

Secretary Kerry’s visit to the Hill did not satisfy some, such as Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), who is also the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He stated after the briefing, “It was an emotional appeal,” and told reporters he was “stunned that in a classified setting… there would be such a lack of specificity.” Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, “I am worried that we are reducing sanctions while Iran is not reducing its nuclear capabilities.” Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) called the briefing “very unconvincing,” “fairly anti-Israeli,” and added, “This administration, like Neville Chamberlain, is yielding a large and bloody conflict in the Middle East involving Iranian nuclear weapons, which will now be part of our children’s future.”

After an inconclusive negotiation with Iran last week, talks between Iran and six world powers, including the U.S., are set to resume on November 20. Meanwhile, legislative action on sanctions remains a possibility next week in the Senate Banking Committee or on the Senate Floor during consideration of the annual National Defense Authorization Act.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: November 15, 2013

Latest News

Religious Freedom in Focus in Marriage Case

This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case pivotal for the future of marriage in the United States.

Senator Introduces Resolution to Nullify Net Neutrality Order

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) took aim at the FCC’s controversial net neutrality order this week.

NRB Urges Iran Bill to Require Release of Americans

This week the Senate has been debating the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which would give Congress an opportunity to weigh in for or against any deal the Executive Branch reaches with Iran over its nuclear program.

RFRA Highlighted on Senate Floor

In the wake of attacks on religious freedom, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) took to the Senate Floor this week to defend this constitutional right.

Urgent Need for Aid, Prayer in Aftermath of Nepal Quake

Members of the National Religious Broadcasters have sprung into action and into prayer in the aftermath of the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday.

64th Annual Observance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 7

Next Thursday, millions will assemble at thousands of local National Day of Prayer events across the nation, taking time out of their daily schedules to intercede on behalf of their communities, their nation, and their leaders.

Life-Changing Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day 2015

Each year, a number of Christian nonprofits produce and present gift catalogs with ideas that will not only honor mothers on Mother’s Day but also improve the lives of poverty-stricken children, mothers, and families that struggle to survive in developing countries.

LifeWay Christian Resources Paving Way for New HQ

LifeWay Christian Resources is planning to build a new facility, and recently entered into a contract for the sale of their main campus in downtown Nashville.

Thousands of Churches to Join ‘Stand for Marriage Sunday’ on April 26

Thousands of churches will join “Stand for Marriage Sunday” on April 26 – just two days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the definition of marriage.

House Panel to Review FCC Transparency Proposals

Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR), Chairman of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, has scheduled a hearing next Thursday on “FCC Reauthorization: Improving Commission Transparency.”

More News