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        10/2/2013, Tishrei 28, 5774

      Senate Committee Rejects Increased Sanctions on Iran


      A committee of the United States Senate approved a resolution to postpone tougher sanctions against the government of Iran. The decision states that the committee rejects the intensification of sanctions at least until after the negotiations with Islamic Republic begin in Geneva on October 15th. Senator Bob Corkery, a senior Republican from Tennessee on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee stated, "there's been some discussion about whether it's best right now, while the negotiations are occurring, just to keep the existing ones in place."

      The vote comes amidst Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's UN speech calling for tougher sanctions and last week's visit to the US by new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The fear is that Iran is developing nuclear weapons for use against foreign countries.