World Bulletin/News Desk
Speaking at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday, State Department Undersecretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman called for the US Congress to halt new sanctions on the Iranian government until the next round of P5+1 talks take place in Geneva October 15-16.
“In terms of legislation that is currently being discussed here on the Hill, we do believe it would be helpful for you all to at least allow this meeting to happen on the 15th and 16th of October before moving forward to consider those new sanctions. And the reason I say that is because I want to be able to say to Iran, […] this is your opportunity. Come on the 15th of October with concrete, substantive actions that you will take, commitments you will make in a verifiable way, monitoring and verification that you will sign up to, to create some faith that there is reality to this, and our Congress will listen,” said Ms Sherman, the State Department’s fourth-ranking official.
She added, however, that US restraint has its limits. “But I can assure you, if you do not come on the 15th and 16th with that substantive plan that is real and verifiable, our Congress will take action, and we will support them to do so,” she said.
In addition, she remarked that the State Department will continue to enforce standing sanctions, though the US government’s current shutdown is affecting its ability to do so.
“We will continue to enforce them with one caveat -- that the shutdown does make it more difficult for us to do so because we do not have [the Office of Foreign Assets Control], we do not have our full intelligence committee, the State Department is putting restrictions on travel by State Department employees.”
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