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Congress Not Won Over By Rouhani Victory in Iran

Congress wants to press ahead with sanctions on Iran but the White House may go slow if Iran improves cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
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WASHINGTON — The surprise election of pragmatic former nuclear negotiator Hassan Rouhani has won few converts on Capitol Hill, but new sanctions legislation could be avoided or postponed if there is progress in Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

At a hearing on June 18, before the House Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, several expert witnesses implored Congress to give Rouhani time to alter Iran’s nuclear trajectory before seeking to impose new penalties.

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