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Core sanctions should stay until Iran addresses all concerns: U.S.

Wendy Sherman, U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs, talks during a news conference in Dhaka May 27, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Bir
Wendy Sherman, U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs, talks during a news conference in Dhaka May 27, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Bir

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. official on Thursday held out the prospect of limited sanctions relief for Iran if it takes confidence-building steps to allay concerns about its atomic program, but said the fundamental sanctions must stay until all concerns have been dealt with.

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman also told lawmakers it would be helpful for the U.S. Senate to hold off on imposing additional sanctions on Iran ahead of an October 15-16 meeting with Iranian officials in Geneva.

While saying the Obama administration was committed to fully enforcing the U.S. sanctions that are already on the books, Sherman said the administration's ability to do so was hampered by the U.S. government shutdown.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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