The administration said it plans to continue slamming Iran on terrorism, human rights.
The unexpected departure of Syria's top rebel commander is stoking fears inside the Pentagon that militant Islamist groups have overtaken centrist opposition forces in the country.
The loss of Gen. Salim Idris, head of the secular U.S...
The Democratic senator said he may pursue a resolution on the issue instead.
The Republican acknowledged that Congress is unlikely to buck President Obama.
The announcement gives the administration crucial breathing room.
The State Department said it is still committed to "vigorously enforcing" sanctions.
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) wants to shore up allegations that China may have executed 65,000 members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement to harvest their organs.
Russia wants to forge a bilateral agreement by the end of 2014, a top official said.
“All policy options, including sanctions, are on the table,” a State Dept. spokeswoman said.
Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) urged his colleagues Wednesday to allow diplomatic efforts with Iran to go forward without the Senate passing any additional sanctions.
“If there is any chance at all that new sanctions right now might disrupt the agreement … why on earth would we risk that?” Rockefeller said on the Senate floor.