State official says shutdown hampering Iran pressure

October 3, 2013 11:50 PM

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State official says shutdown hampering Iran pressure

WASHINGTON — The government shutdown is hampering America's ability to maintain pressure on Iran's nuclear program, a State Department official told a Senate committee Thursday.

Lack of funding and people at work are limiting the activities of the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control and State's sanctioning monitoring group, two vital elements of checking Iran's nuclear ambitions, said Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman before the ...

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