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Obama admin presses for delay in Iran sanctions

Published: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 12:47 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is stepping up pressure on the Senate to hold off on another round of Iran sanctions as Western powers test Tehran's willingness to scale back its nuclear aims.

Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew planned to meet with the Senate Democratic leadership and members of the Senate Banking Committee late Thursday.

Although the White House insists that tough penalties forced Iran to negotiate, it wants the committee to delay plans to craft a bill next week that would blacklist Iran's mining and construction sectors. The measure largely mirrors one that the House overwhelmingly passed in July.

The committee action, if it goes forward, would occur at the same time as a new round of talks with Iran in Geneva.

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