New sanctions could 'shatter Western unity' on Iran, senator says
December 12th, 2013
01:33 PM ET
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New sanctions could 'shatter Western unity' on Iran, senator says

(CNN) - Hewing to administration desires, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson forcefully repeated Thursday what he had already said in as many words - his committee won't seek new sanctions on Iran for the time being, and no one else should either.

Administration officials have publicly tried to talk lawmakers down from acting on legislation that would impose even delayed sanctions on Iran during the first phase of a November agreement to curb the Middle Eastern nation's nuclear program in exchange for relaxed sanctions.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The bipartisan proposal by the gang of 4 should be implemented if Iran does abide by the deal that was agreed upon. If they deviate from the deal in any manner, implement the new sanctions. As for now, let this play out and let's see if Iran can be honest brokers.

    December 12, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Evergreen

    Give the deal a chance to work because the status quo is not working. You can always reinstate sanctions.

    December 12, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "New sanctions could 'shatter Western unity' on Iran, senator says"
    -------------------------------
    Of course, that's the whole idea.

    December 12, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Donna

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    As for now, let this play out and let's see if Iran can be honest brokers.
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    Becuase they have been so honest and forthright over the last few decades, right? So they spent decades getting to where they are, feet from the nuclear weapon finish line, and suddenly they are willing to through in the towel and surrender their nuclear enrichment? Yeah, right. Iran as an honest broker, a fairy tales worthy of Grimm.

    More likely is that after 6 months Iran will declare it has nuclear weapons, or just explodes one first.

    BTW, 75% of Irans's centrifuges used to enrich uranium were installed while Obama has been in office. So we know when this massive push happened and was allowed to happen. But now we are to believe Iran wants to throw in the towel? Sorry, it is far more likely Obama is being played like a cheap fiddle, just as he was in Syria.

    December 12, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. DRJJJ

    We can't bank on Irans honesty huh?

    December 12, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. just saying

    Evergreen
    Give the deal a chance to work because the status quo is not working. You can always reinstate sanctions.
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    easier said than done... it took many many years to get them put in place. it simply doesn;t happen overnight.

    December 12, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    "Sanctions Now ! Sanctions Tomorrow ! Sanctions Forever ! "-Repubs. "Segregation Now ! Segregation Tomorrow ! Segregation Forever" !- George Wallace.

    December 12, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    just saying wrote:

    easier said than done... it took many many years to get them put in place. it simply doesn;t happen overnight.
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    Wrong. It took many years for the sanctions to be really felt, but they can be initiated literally overnight.

    I don't know what all of the fuss is about. There is a small, but TEMPORARY, easing of sanctions, which puts inspectors on the ground in Iran. I think that it is a very small price ot pay for weapons inspectors that will STAY after the six month duration of the deal and sanctions return to current levels.

    December 12, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    Donna – Last week you claimed roughly 74 % of Iran's centrifuges were installed during Obama's 5 years, yet today it's 75%. During the last ten years Iran has been increasing the number of centrifuges, but 75% during Obama is not true. By the way, did North Korea get their nuclear weapons in 2004, under your hero?

    December 12, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    As more and more countries around the world are reaching out for peace, it appears the republicans are the only ones who seek more wars.

    December 12, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The bipartisan proposal by the gang of 4 should be implemented if Iran does abide by the deal that was agreed upon. If they deviate from the deal in any manner, implement the new sanctions. As for now, let this play out and let's see if Iran can be honest brokers
    -------–
    You're naive.

    It doesn't matter. Iran has already passed the point of no return. They may not have the bomb, but they have everything they need to assemble one.

    December 12, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. NameFrank Deery

    Iran is the ATM of terrorists, Tim; and your inept President's track record on "Red Lines"
    or in Benghazi, plus the ever-growing
    care fiasco, prove incompetance. he and the Democrats cannot handle The Nation's intererst best.
    Even Obama's "moment" at Mandela's wake,
    a TMZ moment now, shows the real flaws. But that is Obama: shallow leader, big
    celebrity. Fundraiser, preacher. Com. Leader?
    Zilch!

    Look at 2013 for this man-from Boston to some Dutch Blonde needing a "selfie", disaster.

    Vote Republican in 2014 and 2016. We warned you!

    December 12, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. ora pike

    here is the secret tape of obamacare/kerry meeting with iran. Kerry "you have to give up all your enriched uranium to make this deal work". Iran "we will not give up one onaze of our enriched uranium". Kerry " ok you have a deal". I know that kerry and jane fonda worked together against our government (goggle kerry and jane fonda pictures) but this is as stupid as stupid gets--they keep their enriched uranium and we stop some of the sanctions against them????? sitting on top of an ocean of oil and gas they sure need atom energy to use in their country?????? GET RID OF OBAMA/KERRY WHILE WE AS A COUNTRY STILL HAVE HOPE IN THE FUTURE. When a president lies 38 times just on tape YOU CAN KEEP YOUR INSURANCE--YOUR DOCTOR--YOUR HOSPITAL--YOUR MEDS-–IT WAS THE VIDEO-NOBODY TOLD ME-it is time to impeach.

    December 12, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. rs

    Donna

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    As for now, let this play out and let's see if Iran can be honest brokers.
    -

    Becuase they have been so honest and forthright over the last few decades, right? So they spent decades getting to where they are, feet from the nuclear weapon finish line, and suddenly they are willing to through in the towel and surrender their nuclear enrichment? Yeah, right. Iran as an honest broker, a fairy tales worthy of Grimm.

    More likely is that after 6 months Iran will declare it has nuclear weapons, or just explodes one first.

    BTW, 75% of Irans's centrifuges used to enrich uranium were installed while Obama has been in office. So we know when this massive push happened and was allowed to happen. But now we are to believe Iran wants to throw in the towel? Sorry, it is far more likely Obama is being played like a cheap fiddle, just as he was in Syria.
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    Donna- 87% of Irans centrifuges were installed after G.W. Bush (under whom the santions were levied) became President. Yours is yet another meaningless fact. The sanctions directly DID NOT stop Iran's nuclear ambitions. Their crippled economy and pariah status is what has them at the table now. Logic dictates we solve this problem without bloodshed.

    As far as trusting Iran, if I read your message correctly, you'd rather engage in another useless Middle Eastern war INSTEAD of even trying diplomacy? Whose son will you send into harms way? How much of a tax increase will you take to pay for that war?

    December 12, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. rs

    Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The bipartisan proposal by the gang of 4 should be implemented if Iran does abide by the deal that was agreed upon. If they deviate from the deal in any manner, implement the new sanctions. As for now, let this play out and let's see if Iran can be honest brokers
    ---–
    You're naive.

    It doesn't matter. Iran has already passed the point of no return. They may not have the bomb, but they have everything they need to assemble one.
    _________________________
    So does every nation in the world with a nuclear reactor. Want to attack them too?

    December 12, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. just saying

    I trust our president on this one, he seems to have the temperament to deal with this better than dubya did, I feel much safer with his leadership

    December 12, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. rs

    I don't know what all of the fuss is about.
    __________________
    I do. It is the idiot Right thinking they can dimish this administration's success through diplomacy by overtly pushing war.

    December 12, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The bipartisan proposal by the gang of 4 should be implemented if Iran does abide by the deal that was agreed upon. If they deviate from the deal in any manner, implement the new sanctions. As for now, let this play out and let's see if Iran can be honest brokers
    ---–
    You're naive.

    It doesn't matter. Iran has already passed the point of no return. They may not have the bomb, but they have everything they need to assemble one.
    ------------------------------------------–
    What's your alternative Fair? Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran? Try diplomacy for a change. Iran isn't your average 3rd world country if you're considering going to war with them.

    December 12, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Donna

    Why can't the Republicans act more like our great president, he has the skills to negotiate something so important, I can't trust anyone on the right, they want war, your children sent to die, not theirs.

    December 12, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The bipartisan proposal by the gang of 4 should be implemented if Iran does abide by the deal that was agreed upon. If they deviate from the deal in any manner, implement the new sanctions. As for now, let this play out and let's see if Iran can be honest brokers
    ---–
    You're naive.

    It doesn't matter. Iran has already passed the point of no return. They may not have the bomb, but they have everything they need to assemble one.
    *********************
    I don't think anyone really doubts they have the companants to build a bomb, but the question of having the political will to assmeble and use it is debateable. Their economy is in shambles, and the new generation of leaders is not the same as the Revolution of 1979. We need to watch them like hawks, but lets proceed forward, cautiously.

    December 12, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Donna

    Obama is the most honest man to grace the white house, thank god for liberals, or we would go to war for profits for the rich, how stupid is that?

    December 12, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    December 12, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |

    rs

    Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The bipartisan proposal by the gang of 4 should be implemented if Iran does abide by the deal that was agreed upon. If they deviate from the deal in any manner, implement the new sanctions. As for now, let this play out and let's see if Iran can be honest brokers
    -–
    You're naive.

    It doesn't matter. Iran has already passed the point of no return. They may not have the bomb, but they have everything they need to assemble one.
    _________________________
    So does every nation in the world with a nuclear reactor. Want to attack them too?
    -------
    That is simply not true. Every country that has a nuclear reactor is under the jurisdiction of the IAEA which monitors the production and use of fissile material. For an effective weapon, such material needs to be in the 90% enriched state. Reactor grade uranium is arounf 3% – 5% enriched. Plutonium is a waste product of reactors, and is again, accounted for by the IAEA. Then of course, there's the need for sophisticated implosion devices and triggers to start the nuclear explosion... just quit while you're behind.

    December 12, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. rs

    NameFrank Deery

    Iran is the ATM of terrorists, Tim; and your inept President's track record on "Red Lines"
    or in Benghazi, plus the ever-growing
    care fiasco, prove incompetance. he and the Democrats cannot handle The Nation's intererst best.
    Even Obama's "moment" at Mandela's wake,
    a TMZ moment now, shows the real flaws. But that is Obama: shallow leader, big
    celebrity. Fundraiser, preacher. Com. Leader?
    Zilch!

    Look at 2013 for this man-from Boston to some Dutch Blonde needing a "selfie", disaster.

    Vote Republican in 2014 and 2016. We warned you!
    ________________________
    No offense, but this is the best post to encourage voters to cast ballots for Democrats. Ora's come a real close second.

    December 12, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    "What's your alternative Fair? Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran? Try diplomacy for a change. Iran isn't your average 3rd world country if you're considering going to war with them."
    ------
    Nope. You keep the sanctions on. Were you aware that South Africa constructed 6 nuclear weapons during the apartheid era? They dismantled them. Sanctions played a huge role in that decision.

    December 12, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Gurgyl

    Are you honest, USA? Let me ask. These sanctions are not going to work. Just trust works. Rouhani seems a good guy, just grab the opportunity to stabilize middle-east. Yes, it found chaos in Bush administration. Do not procrastinate.

    December 12, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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