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Senator to push for Iran sanctions, or a say on any deal

WASHINGTON — Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a leading Republican critic of President Obama’s foreign policy, said Sunday that he favors new sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program, unswayed by a White House veto threat.

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Graham said he would be willing to set aside his efforts if Obama would submit any agreement with Tehran to Congress for lawmakers to approve.

An Obama adviser scoffed at the idea as an infringement on presidential authority.

The new GOP-led Congress has picked an early foreign policy fight with the president, with the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee holding a hearing Tuesday on possible new penalties against Tehran.


The United States and its partners are trying to negotiate a framework agreement with Iran by March and hoping to complete a longer-term deal by July that would limit Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon.

Secretary of State John Kerry might hold further discussions this week with Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif.

Associated Press