Biden briefs Schumer on Iran

Vice President BidenJoe BidenFour members of Sikh community among victims in Indianapolis shooting Overnight Health: NIH reverses Trump's ban on fetal tissue research | Biden investing .7B to fight virus variants | CDC panel to meet again Friday on J&J On The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes MORE briefed Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPew poll: 50 percent approve of Democrats in Congress Former state Rep. Vernon Jones launches challenge to Kemp in Georgia Schumer lays groundwork for future filibuster reform MORE (D-N.Y.) on nuclear talks with Iran by phone Monday as the Obama administration is seeking to keep Congress from passing tougher sanctions. 

Schumer said during an event in New York on Monday he was “dubious” of the tentative deal that fell through between Iran and six world powers this past weekend, a Schumer spokesman said.


Secretary of State John Kerry will also be briefing the Senate Banking Committee this week as it weighs whether to move forward with new sanctions measures.

The briefings are part of the Obama administration’s efforts to once again convince lawmakers not to move forward on tougher sanctions while the lawmakers are skeptical about the deal being negotiated with Iran.

Earlier this month, the Senate Banking committee held off from pursuing new sanctions legislation after a push from Biden, Kerry and the White House to allow them to pursue the negotiations.

The initial deal negotiated between Iran and the P5+1 group — the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany — would have eased sanctions for the halting of some of Iran’s nuclear activity.

French officials had said they had objected to the deal over Iran’s Arak heavy-water reactor, but Kerry said it was Iran who walked away.

“The French signed off on it; we signed off on it,” Kerry said Monday at a news conference in Abu Dhabi, according to reports. “There was unity, but Iran couldn’t take it.”

The next round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group are set to begin on Nov. 20.

This post has been corrected from an earlier version.