Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says new tough sanctions on Iran could upend sensitive talks over its nuclear development and urged Congress to hold off.
In a Jan. 26 letter to Sen. Carl Levin, Clinton echoed President Barack Obama's plea to lawmakers. Levin is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Clinton said the penalties drove Tehran to negotiate, but now diplomacy should be given a chance to succeed.
Iran, which has long maintained that its nuclear program is only for medical and peaceful energy programs, agreed in November to slow its uranium enrichment program to a level that is far below what would be necessary to make a nuclear bomb. It also agreed to increased international inspections.
Obama threatened this past week to veto any new sanctions.
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