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Netanyahu urges Obama to maintain sanctions against Iran

Says won’t block efforts to resolve nuclear impasse

WASHINGTON — Despite soothing assurances from Iran’s new leaders, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel implored President Obama on Monday to keep punishing sanctions in place against Tehran — and even tighten them if the Islamic republic advances its nuclear programs while negotiating with the United States.

Netanyahu nevertheless signaled he would not block Obama’s efforts to seek a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear impasse, even as he expressed skepticism about the Iranian government.

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