U.S. Says It Would Impose More Sanctions on Iran If Talks Fail


iran-supreme-leader-ayatollah-ali-khameneiJake Sullivan, deputy assistant to President Obama, said Thursday, “If talks break down, and if Iran is not negotiating in good faith, we are prepared to work with Congress to impose more sanctions….The logic behind that is that there is an opportunity to continue to sharpen the choice for Iran: they can either negotiate in good faith, and arrive at a resolution that resolves the international community’s concerns about their program, or they are going to face mounting pressure.”

“We’ve also made clear that sanctions aren’t the only tool available,” Sullivan told a Foundation for Defense of Democracies forum. “As the situation unfolds, we’re prepared to consider a very wide range of options.”

Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, told the forum that Israel fears a bad deal is imminent between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program. Dermer said the negotiations risked leaving Iran “a threshold nuclear power” that would move them back from “two months, where they are today, to maybe two or three months further” from a nuclear weapon. “They cheated in Natanz, they cheated in Qom,” Dermer reminded the group.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}