September 12, 2009
[efoods]Top US lawmakers vowed tough action on Iran Thursday as tensions mounted ahead of a late September deadline for negotiations and amid speculation Israel may launch a preemptive strike.
“The clock is ticking and in fact, it has almost run out,” Democratic Representative Howard Berman told Jewish leaders in comments intended to allay concerns that President Barack Obama’s administration is not doing enough to tame Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
Eric Cantor, the sole Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives, said he was “very anxious to see a demonstrated effort on the part of this administration and Congress to do all we can to coalesce with our allies to put as much pressure as possible on the terrorist regime in Iran.”
World powers have given Tehran a late September deadline to begin negotiations with them concerning the atomic program or face more sanctions. Tehran is already under three sets of UN sanctions.