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8:53 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Delaware Senators Split on Iran Sanctions

Senator Tom Carper (D-De)
Senator Tom Carper (D-De)
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Senator Chris Coons (D-De)
Senator Chris Coons (D-De)
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Delaware’s two senators are divided over whether to add additional sanctions against Iran to curb its nuclear program.

Senator Chris Coons is a co-sponsor of legislation that would add sanctions if Iran fails to abide by the interim agreement signed in November.

The Delaware Democrat tells the Wilmington News Journal that congress should have sanctions “at the ready.’

Meanwhile, Carper and nine other Democrats want the Senate to hold off on sanctions legislation.

President Obama has threatened a veto.

Carper told the paper that the sanctions legislation “jumps the gun and assumes that Iran won’t act in good faith.”

Delaware’s senior Senator said that he was encouraged by the ascension of foreign minister Mohammad Zarif who he has built up a relationship with over the last ten years.