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In the US senate but today the democratic majority leader tried to get a bipartisan agreement on new penalties against Iran for its nuclear program.
Chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel tells us how that went.
There's bipartisan support for tightening sanctions on the Iranian regime -- senate Republicans today asked for more time before voting there there's no reason in the world while we can't resolve whatever -- differences we.
And move forward we certainly don't want to take a step backward Republican concerns seem to agitate majority leader Harry Reid.
I'm really upset about this I feel that I.
Jerked around that's pretty.
Good understanding of language and people -- -- because we can never quite get.
These new sanctions would seek to close loopholes and attempt to hurt Tehran economically by pressuring foreign banks that handle transactions for Iran's national oil and tanker companies targeting countries that would -- energy and uranium mining joint ventures with -- -- And tightening restrictions against companies that engage in or support censorship in Iran.
A key Republican senator says these sanctions will be a good step because they heighten the prospects that negotiations will succeed.
Anytime that we can do some foreign policy issue in a bipartisan way it strengthens the -- of the president.
And it strengthens the hands of our country and our country so I think ideally whenever you can do bi partisan stuff and foreign policy -- for our country.
There is pressure to get this done as the US and permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are due to hold talks with the Iranians next Wednesday in Baghdad -- key house Republican says it is time to be very direct with your audience there comes a point.
When you have to talk to these guys in in terms that they understand.
You gotta -- -- look if you keep this.
You're gonna -- And that's why one Republican senator Lindsey Graham says the bill needs to include the possibility of the use of force against Iraq.
US ambassador to Israel told a group in Jerusalem this week.
Plans to use force have been drawn out if necessary the -- is done for the week we'll try to get these sanctions done early next week Chris.
Mike Emanuel on Capitol Hill Mike thank.
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