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Is US Congress on Verge of Sabotaging Iran Nuclear Deal?

• http://www.commondreams.org, Jon Queally
 Despite repeated warnings that such a move could scuttle the hopes for a comprehensive and more permanent agreement on Iran's domestic nuclear program, U.S. senators are preparing the introduction of legislation that would impose tougher new sanctions if the interim deal reached last month in Geneva doesn't meet a six-month deadline for progress.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, however, has said that the imposition of new sanctions—even those set out in the future—would most definitely set ongoing negotiations back and could possibly sabotage them all together.

“The entire deal is dead,” Zarif told TIME magazine in an interview earlier this week, responding to a question about the impact of such a move by Congress.

"We do not like to negotiate under duress," Zarif said. "If Congress adopts sanctions, it shows lack of seriousness and lack of a desire to achieve a resolution on the part of the United States."

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