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Obama predicts significant sanctions against Iran

February 10, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJC) — President Barack Obama has pledged that the United States and its allies would soon deliver a “significant regime of sanctions” against Iran for its nuclear program.

At an ad hoc press briefing at the White House on Tuesday, Obama said a push for international sanctions against Iran was moving along fairly quickly and should be completed in the next few weeks. He stated that despite Tehran’s denials it was clear to him that Iran was pursuing a path towards “nuclear weaponization” and “significant action” was necessary as a consequence. Obama said the international community was unified over what he called Iran’s “misbehavior”.

The US president’s bold remarks came after Iranian media reported that Tehran had begun the process of enriching uranium to 20-percent grade. Obama said he was pleased at Russia’s quick disapproval of Iran’s latest move, but added that it was still unclear how China – one of the five countries on the UN Security Council with veto powers – would respond to his initiative.

In London, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said his Chinese counterpart had recently told him that Beijing was determined to stop Iran getting nuclear weapons. “It is very, very important that we therefore maintain maximum unity in developing the tactics to deliver on that goal,” Miliband said.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told European diplomats that “Iran is racing forward to produce nuclear weapons. This means not moderate sanctions, or watered-down sanctions. This means crippling sanctions, and these sanctions must be applied right now.”

Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s Presidential Security Council: “The actions [Iran] is taking, including when it began enriching low-enriched uranium to 20 per cent, raise doubts in other countries, and those doubts are quite valid.” He added: “Political-diplomatic methods are important for a resolution, but there is a limit to everything.”

Meanwhile, the Brazilian government cautioned against new Iran sanctions. “We do not want Iran to have nuclear arms, let there be no doubt about that. They, like other countries, have the right to a peaceful [nuclear] program,” Foreign Minister Celso Amorim told reporters in the capital Brasilia. “We want to reach certainty [on the nature of Iran’s nuclear program] through dialogue and peaceful means,” he said. Brazil has lobbied for a permanent seat on the Security Council and hosted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in November 2009.

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  1. Michael Ross
    February 19, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Iran has declared its intention to destroy Israel multiple times by numerous of its leaders, how much more is needed before the world will be convinced that they mean what they say, another holocaust?

    NEVER AGAIN!

    You must believe that if you have any Jewish blood in your veins, perhaps not, I don’t know.

    So now we have maybe a few months left before Iran has sufficient nuclear enriched Uranium to build one bomb, once they reach that stage they will hide it underground undetected until it blows up over Tel-Aviv.

    The time to act is before that line is reached, sanctions will not wok fast enough, the Prince of Saudi admitted to that this week.

    The only way left to prevent a nuclear attack on Israel by Iran, that would result in the destruction of Israel, and retaliation by Israel with its full nuclear force, that would destroy Iran and the worlds largest source of oil for decades. Is to attack Iran and take out their nuclear facilities.

  2. carol ann goldstein
    February 13, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    “Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told European diplomats that “Iran is racing forward to produce nuclear weapons. This means not moderate sanctions, or watered-down sanctions. This means crippling sanctions, and these sanctions must be applied right now.”
    I do not think sanctions are the solution. We should have a nuclear free world and that means the US, Russia, India, Pakistan and Israel should have to give up all their nuclear weapons.
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu what about all those UN resolutions against Israel for the treatment of Palestinians- Israel likes the UN when the UN acts against other nations only.

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