The push for Iran sanctions took a major hit on Monday as lawmakers on the Armed Services panels moved to rush through a $607 billion Pentagon spending bill without amendments.
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The bill does have provisions to overhaul how the military handles sexual assault cases.
“We do not like to negotiate under duress,” Iran Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said.
“I don’t think that Barack Obama believes in the U.S. as an exceptional nation, and the whole concept that the world is a safer place, a more peaceful place, when the U.S. is powerful, able to in fact project its will in various places around the world,” the fomer vice president said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.”
McCain warns that could lead to a replay of Iraq.
Hagel's trip to Pakistan is the first for a U.S. Defense secretary in nearly four years.
The senator is headed back to the drawing board with her military sex assault bill.
"We will not be able to stay” without security agreement, the Defense secretary said.
"Powerful sanctions and a credible military threat" are also needed, he said.
“I believe the threat has become greater, not lesser,” Rep. Michael McCaul said.