House Dems say give diplomacy a chance with Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 70 House Democrats have signed a letter to President Barack Obama backing diplomatic efforts with Iran over its nuclear development.

Reps. Lloyd Doggett of Texas and David Price of North Carolina are circulating the letter that warns against new sanctions, or even a resolution that could undermine the international coalition negotiating with Iran or jeopardize any progress toward reaching a verifiable final agreement.

The letter says lawmakers are wary of the Iranian regime but cautions against imperiling possible diplomatic success. Obama has said he would veto any tough new economic penalties on Iran. The administration fears that congressional passage of more sanctions would undercut international negotiations toward a comprehensive nuclear agreement. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also recently warned against new penalties.

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