Kerry pleads for no new sanctions on Iran as nuclear talks continue
November 13th, 2013
05:04 PM ET

Kerry pleads for no new sanctions on Iran as nuclear talks continue

By Ted Barrett and Greg Botelho

Secretary of State John Kerry took his case on Wednesday to Capitol Hill, urging Congress not to impose new sanctions on Iran as talks with that country on its nuclear program heat up.

"Our hope is that no new sanctions would be put in place for the simple reason that, if they are, it could be viewed as bad faith by the people we are negotiating with," Kerry said before entering a closed-door briefing with members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.

"It could destroy the ability to be able to get agreement," he added, "and it could actually wind up setting us back in dialogue that's taken 30 years to achieve."

There's likely to be push-back to the diplomat's move, as several in Congress who still don't trust Iran's leaders have said they want fresh sanctions to keep up the pressure.

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  15. Mike

    Kerry is trying to rescue the regime that is collapsing and going to the history garbage can....

    November 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Reply
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  20. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    November 15, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • Garret Smith

      The US deficit has decreased drastically in 2013. In 2012 and 2011 we burrowed up to 4 trillion, but in 2013 we burrowed 600 billion.

      November 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Reply
    • Burt Ward

      Its true we shot down the Iranian commercial flight but that was the fault of the Iranian government. They sent that heavy over the Persian Gulf as the sacrificial lamb of Ibrahim. They knew we had several missile frigates operating there and would shoot it down since it took an attack trajectory. But even though it was not our fault, we paid each Iranian victim family $1.5M in compensation. No other country on Earth has ever, will ever, or would ever do that. I don't have an answer for why we get into so many regional self destructive conflicts. I hear its to keep communism away from the USA. But Cuba brought it within just miles of the USA and they have been a virtual wasteland for 50 years and like it that way. Funny thing happened on the way to the "hate communism" rallies. We got it with Slumdumbocare. Ok, I'm using the term rather liberally but you get the point. Now with 30-million communism loving Latinos in the USA and climbing at a exponential rates, it is highly likely that the thing we have been fighting for 100 years may come here from the inside, just like Russia has allegedly said would happen to the USA.

      November 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  21. tklimchuk

    In the 60"s the Canadian gov nuclear agency sold india a nuclear reactor for the purposes of peacefull nuclear energy look what they"ve done with it iran can say what its wants india no doubt said the same

    November 15, 2013 at 10:59 am | Reply
  22. changeirannow

    From the beginning of Iran’s nuclear talks with the U.S. and Europe, the country has managed to win delays and move their weapons program closer to the point of breakout. A deal that does not fully remove Iran’s capability, including its 18,000 centrifuges; to produce a nuclear weapon will endanger U.S security. The object lesson here is North Korea. It has strung the West along for decades, negotiating, offering, agreeing, only to then backtrack and restart. It merely bought time to resume its nuclear weapons ambitions.

    November 15, 2013 at 12:12 am | Reply
  23. sjdsh

    Is this rhetoric meant to "warn" against sanctions or to "suggest" sanctions? US is playing its game. They will use the French or British to scuttle the deal, then blame Iran without looking like the bad guys.and then all the other pathetic weaklings will fall in line for new sanctions.US govt will NEVER normalize relations with the Iranian government.
    Iran needs to build themselves a fat boy. This is the ONLY way these hoodlums will leave you alone.

    November 14, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Reply
    • WERTWERT32452345

      Now the above is one of the most intelligent posts I've seen here yet. Thank you, sjdsh.

      November 15, 2013 at 9:26 am | Reply
  24. peter clarke

    Those Iranian nut jobs cannot be trusted. They sponsor terrorism, call the kettle black and prepare for a conflict. Except for Israel and Jordan the whole place needs flushing. As for Kerry what a wuss !

    November 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • John McKane

      What do you think we've been doing since 1947 with the CIA, peter? We have become the world's biggest sponsors of terrorism ourselves since we set up the Iranian SAVAK and the Chilean DINA, both instruments of state terrorism. So as Jesus once said, let him who hasn't sinned cast the first stone!

      November 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  25. StanCalif

    There are a number of "bad forces" at work here to insure nothing comes from these "talks" with Iran.
    Number 1 is Netanyahu of Israel
    Number 2 is Putin of Russia
    A distant and quiet Number 3 is China
    Netanyahu just succeeded in sabotaging his "talks" with the Palestinians. He really can't deal with the possibility of a Palestinian state. Netanyahu rants and raves against any "talks" with Iran. This man can't comprehend that peaceful coexistence is really possible.
    Putin is working hard to rebuild the old Soviet Union. His new weapon is not ICBMs, it's his bountiful gas! His dream of reclaiming Ukraine isn't going well. Ukraine has been working to join the EU, but their efforts aren't going well either.
    China is raking in resources wherever they can. Now China is out to claim huge portions of the Pacific Ocean for fishing rights, infringing on the Philippines and other Pacific nations.
    Conclusion, the prospect of a peaceful world are much worse today. There are too many working diligently against peace and prosperity for all. During the past decade, we here in the US have successfully destroyed our own economic base – hard working middle class Americans! We have created more billionaires in this decade than ever before (so has Russia and China). The people who actually do the work are now second class citizens.

    November 14, 2013 at 8:45 am | Reply
    • Steven

      You are not smart. And thats why what you want will not come to be. What ever it is you want. Will not be. EVER!!

      November 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • WERTWERT32452345

      The only truly bad forces here Stan, are the war profiteers here in America and our crony "allies" if you can call them that.

      November 15, 2013 at 9:32 am | Reply
  26. Peter peterson

    The truth is that the Islamic Republic of Iran is an American regime! Stop playing games with us. Tell the truth!

    November 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Reply
    • zelskid

      Are you crazy?

      November 14, 2013 at 10:42 am | Reply
      • Kim

        The additional sanctions for the moment, would drive Supreme leader of Iran give up the bomb, because more sanctions means collapsing his most hated dictator regime.

        November 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
      • Denis

        Senator John McCain said Thursday he is "very disappointed" with the Obama Administration – and especially Secretary of State John Kerry – on the issue of nuclear negotiations with Iran.
        Kerry is "a good friend of mine," McCain said. But when it comes to Iran, "this guy has been a human wrecking ball."

        November 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm |

    The gist of what is happening is that Iran actually has a nuclear weapons program. This needs to be stopped immediately & I think we all know that the time for "negotiations" is long past.
    But we have a president who is hobbled by his ideology, his wonderful Nobel price & the extreme Left which wants to let our enemies do as they please; no matter the consequences to our allies & to us.
    The TRUTH of the matter is, Iran holds no cards. We are the dominant power on the planet & any other president would know that merely dictating our wishes to Iran & deploying our weapons is enough implement the beginning of compliance to America's wishes & strikes on ALL their nuclear sites would indeed stop it in their tracks, with followup bombings in the future if they are perceived to be continuing their behavior.
    Iran is not allowed to have nuclear weapons. That's just the way it is. This pandering & coddling of our enemies by the amateur in the White House & his secretaries of State, is dangerous to OUR national security & to that of our client states in the ME.

    November 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Wrong, marcwinger. In the first place, Iran has already stated that it has no plans to build a nuclear weapon and who are we to say otherwise? We need to get an agreement with Iran stating that they can have nuclear energy but no nuclear weapons similar to the agreement South Africa reached with the UN some years ago and have Iran allow for inspections of it's nuclear sites. All this idiotic warmongering is getting us nowhere. It's just that these right-wing politicians just want to scare us into voting for them in the next election!

      November 13, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Reply

        Warmongering? There's been anything but. Pay attention to current events. It'll help with your comprehension & identification skills, which are sadly lacking.

        November 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
      • Random

        If anything Obama got his lips wet with success that was had with syria. It is hailed as a success and it was the polar opposite of what Obama wanted. Now he is trying to capitalize on that desire to negotiate for a better outcome than a few bunker busters would have gotten, with a totally different player. Iran has zero motivation to stop. Iran has enough facilities it is not logical to assume it is peaceful. Iran has said repeatedly it will never stop. So Obama's desire to get on the right side of things will backfire. The only thing iran is going to listen to is the pointy end of a large stick. We can have that conversation now, or after they have a nice supply of nukes. The point is iran has every intention of fighting a war with us. It is only a matter of them feeling they have the upper hand before they do it. Till then it is smiles and promises that are never kept.
        Ive actually questioned if obama is working directly with alqaeda , I mean he facilitated the arab spring. It was his IT team that did the infrastructure that enabled it. Not once has it worked out to our benefit , or to no loss. When it comes to syria there is a two year long fight with the media to acknowledge what I saw immediately ,,,, Trained al qaeda fighters on the side we were supposedly backing. He wants to bomb assad (he probably deserves it but at what cost) . We just sentenced a guy for trying to help the rebels, with aiding terrorist. Yet obama has effectively done the same for 5 years. We are currently arming the rebels. They are known terrorists. We cannot control who gets what we send. They are not even syrians we are arming. But gihadis from other islamic countries. ALL of this has since been proven. Our course stays the same.
        Reality is assad is fighting alqaeda . Russia, putin is fighting alqaeda . The us, is supplying arms and training to alqaeda . We even tried to provide air support to them. After it was known ISIS was taking over and the actual syrians caught up in it, the people I support just trying to live their lives, openly say the rebel rule is worse for them than assad.

        The real question here is what side are we actually on. All the facts support the assumption we are on alqaeda's side. This needs to change.

        November 13, 2013 at 9:50 pm |
      • zelskid

        "who are we to say otherwise? " Just accept what they say?

        November 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
      • George

        If regime of Iran has already stated that it has no plans to build a nuclear weapon, why they are enriching Uranium? for which nuclear station? They have ocean of gas and oil. They can also use solar and wind energy.

        November 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
    • god help us

      Why is Iran not allowed to have nukes? We were the first and so far only nation to use atomic bombs in actual war.
      We cant call ourselves the "good guys" with bombs.
      For defence, I think Iran is allowed to have anti-nuke missiles.
      America, Europe, and Israel are scared because in the 1900's there was a soothsayer that predicted wives whether their husbands were going to come back from ww2.She was right in ALL her predictions.
      She also said that, in the 21 century, the rest of the world will get sick against European, American, and Israeli plans for world domination and a nuclear/bio/chemical warfare will start, where Russia, regarded by america and europe as an enemy, will be with china.( and the rest of the world)

      Moving on, a large part of chinese trade happens with Iran. If we wanna mess with Iran, to make a long story short, China's gonna come in and kick white man in the butt!
      And of course when our country crumbles, we give money and weapons to Israel...
      Or plan B is that aliens come and blow up the world with a laser.....
      I like that plan....

      November 14, 2013 at 8:25 am | Reply

        1. China is a third rate power & the US is the sole superpower on the planet, this isn't about China, but any conflict has economical ramifications. 2. Iran is a rogue state & is an enemy of the US. The several absolute reasons for them not being allowed to have nuclear weapons is clear & is another topic.

        November 14, 2013 at 11:18 am |
    • zelskid

      What is Bibi waiting for?

      November 14, 2013 at 10:46 am | Reply

        We don't know for sure yet.

        November 14, 2013 at 10:57 am |
    • Sam

      Soo sure??? first of all Iran has been cooperating with the IAEA for a century, second Iran cant build a bomb at %20 enriched uranium, third: if Iran wanted to build a bomb they can build one in a month if they really wanted to but then they really do not need it and the evidence would have been clear, because they would have to test it, Iran is tired of the sanctions and also getting over the problems it had with the U.S 30 years ago, If the U.S makes peace with Iran, this can stabilize the mid-east and Israel's defense aid would be cut cuz it wouldn't be needed.

      November 14, 2013 at 11:33 am | Reply

        Iran has not been cooperating & the iaea has not been around for a century.
        The judgment is that they are not allowed to have a bomb. They are a rogue state, they are an insane & oppressive theocracy & have threatened others with annihilation.
        It doesn't matter if Iran is tired of sanctions, the sanctions are there for a reason.
        Each time negotiations begin, Iran backs away. Iran is not allowed to have a nuclear device & if necessary their entire nuclear program will be bombed out of existence. This won't be a war, but an operation & an overwhelming attack.
        I have no more time for defenders of Iran on this thread & people that can't understand these simple facts. It really is a simple issue now. Either they comply or suffer the consequences. Even obama knows this, in his weakness. The continuity of America means that our foreign policy goes on, unless changed drastically by an administration or the representatives of the people.

        November 14, 2013 at 11:41 am |
      • Denis

        Why they started enriched uranium? for what nuclear station?
        They have ocean of gas and oil. They started enriched uranium after they could not buy bomb from the Pakistan.
        More sanctions or military action threatening is only way.

        November 14, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
  28. Random

    I hate to say it but on this one I think we are getting sold up the river. I think Obama is grasping for something that can be 'his' success, but really the best thing he has done is syria and he fought it. Now he is putting unwarranted weight in irans acting , and frankly putting us and the world at risk reaching, grasping for something to materialize and I dont think it will.

    Im personally for more sanctions. I don't think they do anything at all but at this point it is clear to me we are headed to all out war on iran. We might as well have to fight a bunch of skinny undernourished soldiers than intentionally allowing them to bounce back before what is all but inevitable.

    November 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Reply
    • Random

      I see two options 1. we tie israel up with promises of action 2. israel bombs the hell out of iran and solves the problem for us.
      Nothing but confidence israel will make the right decision. Not so confident in my gov.

      November 13, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Reply
      • zelskid

        Why is Israel waiting to solve the problem?

        November 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
  29. Tim

    And you are from Niak or Hezbolah?

    November 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  30. Nanson Hwa

    Secretary of State, John Kerry has the political sense and vision to know that new sanctions against Iran would not be in the best interest of the United States or any of our allies. The fact the countries are at the bargaining table and that international teams will be allowed to inspect the nuclear processing facilities is a breakthrough. Mr. Kerry should be commended in making a sound decision not to recommend further sanctions As for our allies and some readers, I dedicate a song. "You Can't Always Get What You Want.".

    November 13, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • George

      Tomorrow is too late and all extremist group get one bomb!

      November 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Reply
    • Random

      The problem is they are either finished , or going to finish in a matter of days. They not only had enough time to finish but to clean up and get rid of evidence as they did thus far. We dropped the ball and this is going to have severe consequences.

      November 13, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Reply

      It's not what our allies "want", it's what needs to not happen; being that Iran is not allowed to be a nuclear armed state.

      November 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Reply
      • StanCalif

        The US has allies? We have "friends" who are friends as long as we pay them to be our friends. Otherwise, they turn tail and run! When we threatened to bomb Assad, all our "allies" failed to come on board! Putin saw this as his chance. Putin is no ally to us and no ally to our "allies". See a problem here?

        November 14, 2013 at 8:57 am |

        Our allies in the Middle East did not turn their tails to run, each supported punishing strikes on Assad. Europe, with the exception of France, did not want to bother with it. Keep up.

        November 14, 2013 at 11:19 am |
  31. Peter

    Is that true that Kerry is supporting with regime of Iran because his son – in- law is Iranian?!

    November 13, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Reply
    • zelskid


      November 14, 2013 at 10:56 am | Reply
  32. John

    Talk continue?!
    Something changed?
    How many times?!!

    November 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  33. Farhard

    It looks Kerry and UK and Germany try to ignore the facts and deceive the world and sign up a paper and announcing victory?!
    Salehi the nuclear organization CEO of Mulah regime told today that any inspection from the heavy water site in the Araak will not be accepted.
    Only solution is putting more sanction, others are wasting time.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Reply
    • Quinton

      Gee Farhard, if being stupid was a virtue, you'd be a living saint! I've never seen such an ignorant comment as this one!

      November 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Reply
      • sara

        “I was very disappointed,” Sen. Bob Corker says.
        Sen Mark Kirk. says today is the day he witnessed “the future of nuclear war in the Middle East.”

        November 13, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
      • Timt

        Are you from NIAK or HEZBOLAH that like bomb with removing sanctions?!

        November 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
    • Sam

      Wow way to sell your country Farhad, its your own people who are suffering from sanctions, your a disgrace, and the head of IAEA just told Christian Amanpour that they are being allowed access to Arak from now on so you a re incorrect.

      November 14, 2013 at 11:36 am | Reply
      • Amin

        This regime of Iran do not care about the people. Any money goes to the Leadership or security team, not serving Iranian.
        The Khaenehie is richest man in the country with over 150 billion $ wealth.
        With More sanctions, they give up because their regime would be collapsed by unhappy Iranian from not having human rights and economy situation.

        November 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm |

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