The White House has warned lawm
akers that tightening sanctions on Iran could push the US on a “march
to war” and derail a diplomatic push to limit Tehran’s nuclear programme.
“The American people do not want a march to war,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday.
The US, Britain, China, France, Germany, Iran and Russia will send top nuclear negotiators to Geneva next week to see whether they can push for a transparent nuclear program
me in Iran.
“This is a decision to support diplomacy and a possible peaceful resolution to this issue,” Carney said.
Iran maintains that its uranium enrichment is for energy production and medical research, not for any covert military objective. But until the recent election of President Hass
an Rouhani, it refused to compromise in talks with world powers.
Carney said Americans “justifiably and understandably prefer a peaceful solution that prevents Ir
an from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and this agreement, if it’s achieved, has the potential to do that”.
Responding to Rouhani’s promise of flexibility, President Barack Obama is keen on securing a diplomatic agreement. His telephone chat with Rouhani in September was the first direct conversation between US and Iranian leaders in more than three decades. The unprecedented outreach has angered US allies like Israel.
“The alternative is military action,” Carney said.
“It is important to understand that if pursuing a resolution diplomatically is disallowed or ruled out, what options then do we and our allies have to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon?” Carney said.
“The American people should not be forced to choose between military action and a bad deal that accepts a nuclear Iran,” he said.
US Secretary of State J
ohn Kerry will take the administration’s position directly to the Senate Banking Committee, which is mulling a new sanctions package against Iran.
-the Indian Express