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Aijaz Ahmad: There is little global support for US sanctions against Iran
Based in New Delhi, Aijaz Ahmad is The Real News Network Senior News Analyst and Senior Editorial Consultant and political commentator for the Indian newsmagazine, Frontline. He has taught Political Science and written widely on South Asia and the Middle East.
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Evan Bayh chairs a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee on his Iran sanctions legislation and U.S. foreign policy towards Iran.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says a new Iran sanctions bill moving through Congress is “unnecessary” as nuclear negotiations proceed, adding that new sanctions can always be imposed if the talks fail.
Senator Evan Bayh introduces the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act to help President Obama impose new economic sanctions on foreign firms involved in the export of gasoline and other refined petroleum products to Iran.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday told a congressional subcommittee that the U.S. is moving quickly on new penalties against Iran.
Retired U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering talks with CBS News State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan about the paper he authored with colleagues warning against a U.S. attack on Iran's nuclear facilities without a thorough cost/benefit analysis. With time, he explains, a "sensible civilian program" in Iran could be possible, but not until after Nov. 6. "No president in an election period wants to appear to be entering into diplomatic compromises, particularly if they involve taking some risks," he says.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, author of "Prague Winter," spoke to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about national security, conditions in Syria and Egypt, and how she thinks the new Secretary of State John Kerry will perform.
The U.S. and Iran held their highest-level talks in years. Kerry and Iran's foreign minister met one-on-one. Secretary Kerry said Iran might open its uranium enrichment facility to inspectors. In a "60 Minutes" interview, "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley asked Kerry about the future of sanctions against Iran. Kerry said the U.S. isn't going to lift sanctions until they know more about the country's nuclear program.
President Obama urged Congress to hold off on passing new sanctions against Iran as talks about that country's nuclear program continue. "Let's test how willing they are to actually resolve this diplomatically and peacefully," he said.
United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power became one of the most powerful women in American policy when she was appointed to the position during the summer. Powers joins the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts to discuss the delicate foreign policy situations in Iran and Syria, as well as her fight to protect disabled Americans when they are living, traveling or studying abroad.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council, President Obama tried to alleviate concerns among lawmakers and Americans in general that the United States might roll back some sanctions as part if Iran begins to dismantle its nuclear program.