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July 26, 2013

Obama clears sanctions against Iran

Topics: Iran, Political News and commentaries

When the question is asked is Obama out of his mind?, this is merely a rhetorical question.

It is not likely to construct a beneficial deal for the U.S. and the world when dealing with mullah driven zealots dead set on ending the world and bringing fourth the 12th Imam.

This goes much further and deeper than his failures with Iran but extend to Eurasia and Africa as well.

As Jay Soloman discusses at the Wall Street Journal: 'White House, Seeking to Improve Ties With New Leader in Tehran, Lifts Curbs on Medical Supplies, Agricultural Products.'

The Obama administration, seeking to improve relations with Iranian President-elect Hasan Rouhani, eased restrictions on medical supplies, agricultural products and humanitarian aid entering the heavily sanctioned country.

The Obama administration, seeking to improve relations with Iranian President-elect Hasan Rouhani, has eased restrictions on numerous penalties and sanctions against the country. Jay Solomon has details. Photo: Getty Images.

The Treasury Department's announcement Thursday was viewed by many Iran-watchers as a gesture of good will from Washington as it seeks to restart talks with Tehran over its nuclear program once Mr. Rouhani enters office next month.

However, the White House is clashing with Congress, where a bilateral group of lawmakers is seeking to tighten the sanctions, say U.S. officials and Capitol Hill staffers. Their proposed legislation would significantly toughen financial penalties on Iran by targeting the country's oil exports, ships and banks by October, in an effort to convince Tehran to halt its nuclear program.

Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. officials have been advising Congress to give the administration more time to pursue negotiations with Mr. Rouhani before further tightening the financial noose on Iran. Mr. Rouhani, who succeeds President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is seen as a relative moderate and has pledged to try to improve relations with the West.

"We don't think new sanctions would be helpful at this stage," said a senior administration official involved in the sanctions debate. "We've proven that the sanctions are working."

Some Iranian-American and humanitarian groups say U.S. sanctions on Tehran are disproportionately harming ordinary Iranians and denying them access to medicine.

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(Cross posted from We The People)

Posted by DancingCzars at July 26, 2013 11:49 AM

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