70 House Democrats back diplomatic efforts on Iran
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70 House Democrats back diplomatic efforts on Iran

In letter to Obama, lawmakers warn against new sanctions or resolutions that could undermine negotiations

Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius at the UN Palais on November 24, 2013, in Geneva, after announcing an interim deal at the Iran nuclear talks. (photo credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)
Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius at the UN Palais on November 24, 2013, in Geneva, after announcing an interim deal at the Iran nuclear talks. (photo credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

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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