Netanyahu urges Senate to keep pressure on Iran

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Graham said there's consensus in the Senate to move ahead with a new round of sanctions, which the Senate Banking Committee is expected to take up shortly. The House passed similar legislation by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in July.

“He just said basically that he believes in the importance that there be cost if Iran continues its nuclear program,” said Sen. Ben CardinBen CardinTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Democratic National Convention event calendar Bernie’s ‘revolution’ marches to Philly 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 CorkerTrump starts considering Cabinet Trump's secret weapon is Ivanka Senate Dems introduce Iran sanctions extension 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 AyotteTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Clinton brings in the heavy hitters Kasich doesn't regret skipping convention MORE (R-N.H.) as well as Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerConvention shows Democrats support fracking, activists on the fringe Dem ad blasts Indiana senate candidate on Social Security The Trail 2016: Unity at last MORE (D-N.Y.), the Number three Democrat in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidReid: Trump 'may have' broken the law with Russia remarks Senator slams Reid for 'dangerous game' on Trump briefings Reid faces Sanders supporters' fury at DNC 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 KerryA new president, a new North Korea strategy Trump hopes Russia is listening; America, are you listening? Clinton at risk of being upstaged 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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