This was written and signed Friday but published today… and serves as a response to Rouhani’s call to drop the "language of sanctions" in the weekend..
A significant shift in the Iranian nuclear program policies sounds unlikely short term..
US senators have urged President Barack Obama to impose tougher sanctions on Iran, after new President Hassan Rouhani called on the West to abandon the "language of sanctions".
Seventy-six senators said in a letter published on Monday that Washington must stress its military option.
"Mr President, we urge you to bring a renewed sense of urgency to the process," said the letter, authored by Robert Menendez, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
"We need to understand quickly whether Tehran is at last ready to negotiate seriously" on its nuclear programme, it said.
"Iran needs to understand that the time for diplomacy is nearing its end. We implore you to demand immediate serious oves on Iran’s part."