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Wed November 20, 2013
Politics

Tenn. Senator Corker Hears President's Plea on Iran

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker
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WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee’s Bob Corker was among a group of Senators invited to the White House yesterday to hear a personal appeal from President Obama to hold off on additional sanctions on Iran.

Corker told reporters after the meeting that Obama asked lawmakers to pause for "a period of time." Corker didn’t specify how long the president asked lawmakers to wait.

Earlier this month, Corker appeared on the news program “Meet the Press” to express Republican fears that the Obama Administration’s approach to winding down the standoff gives Iran the advantage.

“Congress, that put these sanctions in place, with the Administration kicking and screaming all the way – pushing back against these sanctions – are very concerned that we’re going to deal away the leverage that we have where we finally have Iran willing to sit down and talk about these issues.

Corker says there won’t be any Senate action on Iran before Thanksgiving.

The U.S. and five other world powers resume talks with Iran about its nuclear materials enrichment program today.