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Published: Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 3:20:03 AM
Updated: Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 3:21:29 AM

White House tells Senate it opposes new Iran sanctions effort

The White House is pictured at sunset in Washington, November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

The White House is pictured at sunset in Washington, November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday it opposes a fresh effort by some in the U.S. Senate to impose new sanctions against Iran, even if those penalties are not to take effect for months.

Some senators have been discussing the idea of imposing new sanctions on Iran that would not take effect for six months, which would allow time to see whether Tehran abides by the terms of a deal reached 10 days ago that attempts to contain its nuclear program.

Many lawmakers are skeptical about the deal reached in Geneva between negotiators for Iran and the so-called P5+1 countries, which include the United States, and want to increase the pressure on Tehran by adding to sanctions.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said even delayed sanctions were unacceptable.

"If we pass sanctions now, even with a deferred trigger which has been discussed, the Iranians, and likely our international partners, will see us as having negotiated in bad faith," Carney told reporters.

Carney said there are concerns in the Obama administration that any new sanctions imposed by Congress would serve to undermine the core architecture of the sanctions program.

"Passing any new sanctions right now would undermine a peaceful resolution to this issue," he said.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; editing by Jackie Frank)

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