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Now’s no time for new Iran sanctions

By Sen. Carl Levin and Sen. Barbara Boxer 

The United States faces no more important international challenge than preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Thanks to congressional and executive action, strong international cooperation, crippling economic sanctions and the credible threat of military force if Iran does not change course, we recently achieved an important step toward that goal – a step that offers some hope for a peaceful end to Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

In two important ways, the Obama administration has effectively pushed Iran to the bargaining table. First, it organized the international community in what might be the most stringent international sanctions regime ever, exacting a high price for Iran’s refusal to accept the global consensus against its nuclear program.

Second, the administration has made clear that, while we want a diplomatic solution, all options – including the use of force – remain on the table in order to achieve our overarching objective of preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. Now, for the first time in more than a decade, this approach has produced the possibility of success.

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