By Julian Pecquet - 01/28/14 10:40 PM EST
President Obama vowed in his State of the Union address Tuesday to veto any Iran sanctions bill Congress sends his way.
“The sanctions that we put in place helped make this opportunity possible,” the president told lawmakers. “But let me be clear: if this Congress sends me a new sanctions bill now that threatens to derail these talks, I will veto it. For the sake of our national security, we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed.”
Obama on Tuesday heralded the interim deal as a victory for diplomacy and a promising first step toward a potentially peaceful outcome to the nuclear standoff that is dominating his second term's foreign policy agenda.