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Posted: Thursday, 12 December 2013 5:20AM

Congress Likely Holding Off on More Iran Sanctions Until After Recess



Ruskpp/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Congressional lawmakers seem to be giving the White House some breathing room when it come to letting the nuclear deal with Iran work but their patience may only extend through January.

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have pleaded with the House and Senate not to impose any more sanctions on Tehran that might undermine the temporary agreement.  For the next six months, Iran is supposed to be scaling back its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of some economic penalties.

It now appears that Democratic and Republican leaders are willing to hold off on any votes pertaining to sanctions at least until lawmakers return from the Christmas recess in January.

When the deal was struck last November, Congress was not aware that U.S. negotiators promised Iran that there wouldn't be any new sanctions for six months as one of the conditions for Tehran going along with the agreement.

If Iran reneges on its promises, the House and Senate would not hesitate to impose more penalties.  Convinced that Iran is still moving ahead with developing a nuclear weapon, Israel has deployed its spy agencies to try and catch its enemy cheating.

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