Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton supports President Obama in his opposition to new Iran sanctions while world leaders negotiate a nuclear deal, according to a letter she sent to Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), obtained by Politico.
“I share the opinion of you and many of your colleagues that these sanctions and the carefully constructed global consensus behind them are responsible for driving Tehran to the negotiating table,” she wrote. “‘The U.S. intelligence community has assessed that imposing new unilateral sanctions now ‘would undermine the prospects for a successful comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran.’ I share that view.”
Levin said in a Sunday statement that Clinton’s opposition to sanctions should encourage Congress to support nuclear negotiations in Iran.
“Her letter is another strong signal to Congress that we should not take any legislative action at this time that would damage international unity or play into the hands of hard-liners in Iran who oppose negotiations,” he said.