US administration fights new Iran sanctions by parliament

WASHINGTON, November 26, 2013 (AFP) – The US administration stepped up its battle Tuesday to thwart moves by lawmakers to tighten sanctions on Iran, warning that would jeopardize tough negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program. It’s not “an all-at-one-time or .. a spigot that’s turned all the way on. It would be a slow process that obviously we control, and some of those details are still being worked out,” she said.

Under the deal, Iran will allow daily inspections of its nuclear facilities; halt any uranium enrichment above 5 percent purity as well as neutralize its stocks of 20 percent enriched weapons-grade uranium; halt construction on its heavy water reactor at Arak and not install new centrifuges at its Natanz enrichment plant.

In return, the European Union and United States will suspend sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical exports, as well as its gold and precious metals, and ease US sanctions on its auto industry. Secretary of State John Kerry videotaped a message to members of Congress warning against any new sanctions during the six-month period of talks laid down in a deal struck at the weekend in Geneva.

Seeking to tell lawmakers what the deal “does and does not do,” the top US diplomat tried to dispel w