By Julian Pecquet - 10/01/13 12:19 AM EDT
“He just said basically that he believes in the importance that there be cost if Iran continues its nuclear program,” said Sen. Ben CardinBen CardinSenators already eyeing changes to 9/11 bill after veto override State official hints more Chinese firms being probed for N. Korean ties Reid is sole senator to back Obama's 9/11 veto MORE (D-Md.). “What we're doing now he strongly thanked us for and said it's having an impact and making it possible for us to negotiate.”
Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerGOP leaders express reservations a day after 9/11 veto override White House: Congress has 'buyer's remorse' on 9/11 bill Opposition to Obama's radical disarmament agenda has proven effective MORE (R-Tenn.) the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Netanyahu gave “very detailed” answers about his views.
“Like all of us, I don't think he wants the negotiations to go on forever,” Corker said. “Obviously letting up on the sanctions is not something any us are interested in. And like all of us, he understands that if there is an agreement it needs to be a full agreement.”
He wouldn't say if Netanyahu pressed the committee for more sanctions.
“I'm not going to answer that,” he said.
The meeting was organized by the committee. A handful of other members showed up – Senate hawks Graham and Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteAbortion rights group ads tie vulnerable GOP senators to Trump Election-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Vulnerable NH Republican ties reelection bid to Trump MORE (R-N.H.) as well as Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerElection-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Democrats press Wells Fargo CEO for more answers on scandal 78 lawmakers vote to sustain Obama veto MORE (D-N.Y.), the Number three Democrat in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidAnti-trade sens. say chamber would be crazy to pass TPP McConnell blames dysfunction on Dems Reid sums up 114th Congress as 'a flop' MORE (D-Nev.) made a brief appearance but left before the arrival of Netanyahu, who was running late.
Netanyahu spent four hours meeting with President Obama and Vice-President Biden at the White House earlier in the day before sitting down with Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerrySenators press State Department on 'plan B' in Syria Russian general says Moscow is ready to restart Syria talks Overnight Defense: Congress overrides Obama 9/11 veto | Pentagon breathes easy after funding deal | More troops heading to Iraq MORE at the State Department. The Israeli leader is concerned that Rouhani's calls for talks are a stalling tactic as Iran continues to move forward with its alleged nuclear weapons program.
After he left, the committee quickly voted to approve Caroline Kennedy as the new ambassador to Japan and to reauthorize the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), portions of which expire at the end of the day Monday.
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