Obama seeks time from Congress for Iran diplomacy

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Posted on November 13, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 8:20 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is encountering sharp resistance in Congress to its pleas for more time to negotiate a nuclear agreement with Iran.

Republicans and Democrats alike are determined instead to impose more economic sanctions in the effort to get Iran to accept restrictions on its nuclear program that would render it incapable of producing an atomic weapon.

Back from a week of talks in Geneva and tense consultations with Middle East allies, Secretary of State John Kerry will make a case to hold off on new sanctions when he briefs the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday.

A House committee also is holding a hearing to vent its frustration with the administration's policy. Lawmakers in both parties say the administration is offering Iran too much relief for too few nuclear concessions.

AP-WF-11-13-13 0809GMT

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