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General wary of Iran sanctions

on March 06, 2013 10:10 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration program of sanctions and diplomatic efforts to stop Iran from gaining nuclear capabilities is not working, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East told a Senate committee Tuesday, adding that Tehran has a history of denial and deceit and is “enriching uranium beyond any plausible peaceful purpose.”

Gen. James Mattis, head of U.S. Central Command, said it still may be possible to use sanctions and other pressure to bring Tehran “to its senses.” But he also said he believes Iran is using the ongoing negotiations to buy time.

“That should not be in any way construed as we should not try to negotiate. I still support the direction we’re taking.”

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