November 27th, 2009
03:26 PM ET
12 years ago

U.S. prepared to push for crippling sanctions, Iran warned

Washington (CNN) – The United States Friday warned Iran that it is prepared to push for significantly stronger economic sanctions on Tehran in the wake of a resolution by the IAEA censuring Iran’s nuclear program.

“We are committed to putting together a package of consequences if we don’t find a willing partner," said senior administration officials authorized to speak with reporters on the condition their names not be used. "We hope Iran takes note of that clear message.”

The board of governors of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency, the IAEA, passed a resolution Friday supported by 25 nations demanding Iran stop construction of its previously secret nuclear facility at Qom, and stop uranium enrichment which can be used for producing fuel for a nuclear device.

The resolution was endorsed by the so-called “P5+1”: the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. Until recently, Russia and China have resisted the push for imposing strong sanctions on Iran.

The officials said the resolution was “significant” because it underscores the “unity of purpose” among those countries. “There was an intensive diplomatic effort that went into this.” they said.

“It sends a strong signal of serious international concern about Iran’s continued non-compliance” with demands by the IAEA and to the UN Security Council, the officials said. “(Iran) is essentially not playing by international rules.”

The officials said the U.S. did not intend to hurt the Iranian people. Some critics of sanctions argue that stronger sanctions will only deepen the economic plight of Iranian citizens.

“Nothing that we contemplate or we would consider is aimed at causing greater harm for the Iranian people who have suffered enough as a result of repression of people’s efforts to express themselves peacefully since the elections on June 12th,” they said.

The officials would not confirm media reports that two senior U.S. officials, in China, warned Chinese officials that Israel might take unilateral action against Iran’s nuclear program. They did say, however, the United States has made clear its concern with the possible consequences of Iran’s non-compliance.

“The last thing the Middle East needs right now, with all the other challenges that face it is another source of insecurity and instability, and that is exactly where continued Iranian non-compliance is going to lead,” the said.

Despite the resolution and the tough talk, the officials repeated previous statements that the United States is "still ready to engage" with Iran, and that Tehran can reap benefits if it divulges full details of its nuclear program. Iran maintains that its nuclear development is solely intended for peaceful purposes.

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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Rick CT

    We can count on this dithering for years. Meanwhile the wonderful Irani government that St. Barack wants to engage has stolen the Nobel Peace Prize medal from the woman who won it in 2003. Maybe they'll steal Obama's too when they meet.

    November 27, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Sounds like Hillary is getting ready to write another nasty note to Iran. What a bunch of clowns we have in this adminstration. The Iranians have seen no strength from the current administration. All they see is the bowing and kowtowing and apologies for the previous administration upholding the oaths they took. IMPEACH OBAMA before Israel is wiped out and WWWIII breaks out. This idiot the dope smoking libs elected is going to kill us all.

    November 27, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Silence Dogoode

    How about this for sanctions;

    1. Stop and dismantle within 2 weeks. if you don't we will bomb you.

    2. Wait two weeks...then bomb more time people you CANNOT REASON WITH TERRORISTS.

    November 27, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. James Michael Roberson

    If they were working for peaceful use of nuclear energy why don't they open up to what they are doing. The world would be able to help them if they opened up. What they are doing is counter intuitive to what they say they want.

    November 27, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Cleareye

    This move is so preposterous that I suspect the Democrats are behind it. They are probably secretly pushing Palin and Huckabee too. And now we have people pushing Glenn Beck and Lou Dobbs!
    Either the Republican party is suicidal or this is a liberal plot.

    November 27, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. The people of faith believe God made all creation, seen and unseen. We believe God chose to walk the earth as one of us named Jesus 'Jehovah, the Lord is Salvation' absorbed the Holy Sprit became the Christ, The Annointed ONe to tell of God's love and to

    If man does not have the courage, or will, to stop evil (anything that does harm is evil) then God WILL step up and do what he has equipped you to do. His tounge alone can defeat all that is against can not cry out love to God yet kill his brothers..from the day of Adam we have all been one big famliy speaking in many languages (Babel). Iran authorities must come to their senses, God is calling for this.
    In the deepest we are all God's children and are called to seek his will and wisdom for he knows is only through real love that we as a world can achieve our full potential. Hate is dissension and serves no purpose for any. For the citizens in Iran, I am covinced the Holy Spriit has been moving many to see truth and pray they too have the courage to say no more to violence.

    November 27, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Bill NY

    I'll never understand why we are waiting for them to build a nuke and then bomb Israel. The ONLY thing they understand is brute force.

    November 27, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Bill

    Tis administration and the UN can issue all the statements and sanctions their hearts desire. Iran will just keep on developing nukes until they think they can take us. And then they will try. They need to be stopped right now in ways they will comprehend. By force if necesary.

    November 27, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. phil smith

    I am a Republican and am still very much against this. He is too divisive of a person, too ego-centric and controlling, and his nomination would cost us in 2012. I would not vote for him, ever.

    November 27, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Joe

    One thing at a time. Let Israel attack Iran first for their Nuclear facilities. Both might exterminate each others, and probably erase each others from the map. Palestinian problems might be solved, and also the Iranian problems. And Israel will be regarded as the true God chosen people and save the world.

    November 27, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Ken in NC

    Mr. President, make sure they cannot get their monthly supply of Duracell Batteries that keep them going and going and going. We all know that Russia and China are not going to go along with harsh sanctions against Iran. There is no way.

    November 27, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. B

    All that we need now folks, more tensions to start a THIRD WAR.......

    More great investment opportunities to invest in The Great Military Industrial Complex right ?

    November 27, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Dan D, Mpls

    It's true that we, with our allies, must take action against Iran soon. However, it is ridiculous to blame Obama for a threat that Bush Jr. let grow unchecked as he attacked Iraq to help his buddies make money. I know its hard for you to understand but some people actually think about their actions before making an intelligent, informed decision, not just a knee jerk reaction.

    November 27, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. willtiger

    this is all people can expect right now. if people criticize the president for the way he's handling it then they are criticizing russia, china, britain, france, and germany for the doing the same thing. what other big country do you need? and people critizing are probably the same people. ya know, bush and cheney supporters who expect for us to just flat out bomb them and that's it. the former is the stupidest and most cowardly act by people who have the power and abuse it. kind of like what ahmendidijad is doing. so it's either you play on the same mentality as he does or take the smarter and more civil approach one step at a time.

    November 27, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Rickster

    lol.....nice try, Barry. Obama is such an empty suit that the rest of the world just laughs at him. Ooooohh, watch out Iran.....Obama is going to wag his finger at you and tell you that he really, really means it this time and this is your very, very last warning. Obama really needs to start wearing a puffy, multi-colored jumpsuit, oversized shoes a big, round red nose.

    November 27, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Artie

    Just make them listen to Obama flowery empty oratory ; they'll soon cave in!

    November 27, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    So many hysterical people the day after Thanksgiving! Chill OUT, folks!

    First of all, "God's tongue" isn't going to get us out of this mess; our troubles of our own making, and it's up to us to address and resolve them.

    I think sanctions are a good idea; it worked against South Africa. It will be hard to get China and Russia onboard, but it's not impossible. Neither of those countries want Iran to develop nuclear weapons, given the instability of Iran's clerical leadership.

    November 27, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Thomas

    When are we going to learn that economic sanctions rarely (if ever) work?

    We keep doing the same things over again and expecting different results.

    There is a name for that.

    November 27, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    I feel sorry for the people of Iran . to be the subject of radical religious control for 100's of years. like most people of that region . fear and threats . kinda sounds like the CHENEY EREA 🙁

    November 27, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Silence Dogoode: You do realize, don't you, that when you "Wait two weeks ... then bomb" that you'd be not only killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people, you'd be starting yet another war in the Middle East?

    Who's the unreasonable one then? By your logic, we should be bombing North Korea, too, along with Saudi Arabia (Osama bin Laden was from there, and the Saudis finance terrorists); Libya; Syria; Jordan; several African countries; Indonesia; etc., etc., etc.

    Heck, while we're at it, we should bomb Lockport, New York (that's where Timothy McVeigh was from); Alaska (the Alaska Independence Party advocates seceding from the Union, which is treason); and any U.S. town that has organizations dedicated to the overthrow of the American government.

    November 27, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Richard Komi

    Irans has consistently showed that it will not listen to any voice of reason when it comes to the issue of their nuclear ambition so sanctions may not be the answer we are looking for in this case. What Iran need is a demonstration of force from the international community unfortunately that will not happen because there are vested interest in Iran from China to Russia.

    November 27, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Chicago Mob

    Do you really think our eunech president will take serious action to end Irans nuclear ambitions?

    November 27, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. [R]s are Dumbasrocks

    The most crippling sanction we could hand Iran would be to ship Palin and Cheney over there to live. Then that country would be saddled with the tri-fecta of rightwing lunatics: Ahmadinejad, Cheney, Palin. Then idiots like awaitingliberalizationbyCNN could travel there and worship their vacuous, hateful triumverate. The stupidity that excretes from the mouths of the rightwing underbelly is just astonishing

    November 27, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Gerry

    We will just talk and talk and talk and then one they will have a nuke. Then we will have a meeting in DC and talk about what went wrong. Then there will be a war in the Middle East and our government will have another meeting. The the people will say haw smart it is to wait.

    November 27, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. sniffit

    Surrendering or apologizing are not very crippling, uhbozo.

    November 27, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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