Iran Talks Taking Kerry Back to the Hill

The secretary of State will testify before a House committee next week.

US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) leaves after delivering a speech during a press conference at the CICG (Centre International de Conferences Geneve) after talks over Iran's nuclear programme in Geneva on November 24, 2013. World powers on November 24 agreed a landmark deal with Iran halting parts of its nuclear programme in what US President Barack Obama called 'an important first step'. According to details of the accord agreed in Geneva provided by the White House, Iran has committed to halt uranium enrichment above purities of five percent.
National Journal
Jordain Carney
Dec. 4, 2013, 2:23 a.m.

Sec­ret­ary of State John Kerry is head­ing back to Cap­it­ol Hill next week to dis­cuss the in­ter­im agree­ment reached over Ir­an’s nuc­le­ar pro­gram.

House For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee Chair­man Ed Royce, R-Cal­if., an­nounced that Kerry will testi­fy be­fore the pan­el on Tues­day.

“This hear­ing will be an op­por­tun­ity for com­mit­tee mem­bers of both parties to press Sec­ret­ary Kerry to ex­plain why the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion be­lieves this sanc­tions-eas­ing agree­ment is the right course,” Royce said in a re­lease from the com­mit­tee.

Dip­lo­mats from the United States, the United King­dom, France, Ger­many, Rus­sia, China, and Ir­an reached the ini­tial agree­ment last month. Royce, who coau­thored the bill to in­crease sanc­tions against Ir­an that passed the House earli­er this year, said he be­lieves the deal doesn’t “meet the stand­ards ne­ces­sary to pro­tect the United States and our al­lies.”

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