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Returning Congress gives Iran a pass — for now

Key lawmakers kept an open mind on a potential extension of nuclear talks with Iran on their first day back after midterm elections.
Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Robert Menendez (D-NJ)(R) questions Secretary of State John Kerry as Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) looks on during a hearing on "U.S. Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant" on Capitol Hill in Washington September 17, 2014.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTR46NIU

Key US lawmakers are adopting a wait-and-see approach to new sanctions on Iran, buoying nuclear deal advocates' hopes that the nuclear talks may yet survive the Republicans' midterm victory

In a joint Nov. 12 statement, the bipartisan architects of pending sanctions legislation indicated that they would wait to see what a "potential deal" looks like before acting. In addition, the chairman-in-waiting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., appears open to a further extension of the talks past the Nov. 24 deadline, as seems increasingly likely.

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