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Schumer: Iranian sanctions force regime outreach

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“The sanctions are really working in Iran and from the people I’ve talked to, the Iranians are serious about talks,” he said on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe." “Everyone feels that there’s a real chance this will work.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post on Thursday that laid out the case for a “constructive engagement” with the U.S. The editorial came on the heels of a New York Times report that said Iranian leaders were prepared to make concessions over their nuclear program after a letter from President Obama indicated the U.S. might be open to striking a deal.

“As I depart for New York for the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, I urge my counterparts to seize the opportunity presented by Iran’s recent election,” Rouhani wrote. “I urge them to make the most of the mandate for prudent engagement that my people have given me and to respond genuinely to my government’s efforts to engage in constructive dialogue.”

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