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Imposing new sanctions on Iran would be a ‘strategic error': Robert Gates
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep4(110).jpgTEHRAN – Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that imposing new sanctions on Iran by Congress would be a “terrible mistake” and a “strategic error”.  
In an interview broadcast on Tuesday's PBS NewsHour, Gates said the United States had "no choice but to sit down at the table with the Iranians" once they agreed to negotiate on their nuclear program. 
"The big question is what happens with a final agreement" on Iran's nuclear activities, said Gates, adding that six months should be a firm deadline for the nuclear deal. 
"Imposing new sanctions right now is a terrible mistake and would be a strategic error," Gates continued. Any new sanctions should be tied to the failure of negotiations, and that would strengthen the president's hand at the negotiating table, he said. 

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