November 27th, 2009
03:26 PM ET
11 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. buckwheat

    I just bet Iran is quaking in their boots from this Third World government of ours. All blow and no go. Sounds like a momma threatening to take the rug rats candy away for peeking through the key hole.

    November 27, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. cane pazzo

    Haven't we endured enough of this war-mongering, racist hypocrite? Cheney/Dobbs – now that's a winning ticket. Please, spare the American electorate.

    November 27, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. johnrj08

    Unfortunately, you can't impose meaningful sanctions on a country without impacting its general population. And, in the case of Iran, you can expect that the government would welcome sanctions because it would just blame the United States for hurting its people. At the end of the day, you can't base a decision on whether or not to impose sanctions on how Iran's people would react. That is a closed society with government run media, and the only news people get will be from the Ayatollah. Forget the internet. Iran will simply shut it down, as is done in China on a regular basis. If you're going to do sanctions on Iran, you may as well make sure they're effective and designed to change the thinking in that government. The fly in the ointment, of course, is Russia, which seems to be totally unaware of the problems that a nuclear Iran would pose for the entire world, of which Russia is an obvious part.

    November 27, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. W l Jones

    Think one had only Rice paper the other one Oil!

    November 27, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    President Obama: "Stop"

    Iran: "No"

    President Obama: "If you don't stop, you will force me to say stop again."

    November 27, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Stu

    Sanctions have never worked and will never work! Peace comes through overwhelming superior firepower and a willingness to use it, not through pacifism, wishful thinking, and diplomacy. Like it or not, that's the reality of it. Hitler called Chamberlain a "little worm" as Chamberlain fumbled with trying to negotiate with Hitler. Saddam successfully thwarted all UN efforts after Gulf War I. N. Korea adopted a policy of "up yours" and became self-sufficient.

    November 27, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Mike in NYC

    Iran, nuclear-enabled or not, will never be a credible threat to the US. A nuclear-armed Iran may present a threat to Israel, but that doesn't concern me in the least, and I don't see why anyone other than Jews or Zionist dispensationalist Christians should care either.

    November 27, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. AJ, Florida

    Hey, Bone-heads who want to bomb this and bomb that. What many of you fail to realize is what will happen after the first wave of bombs. Let me explain this to you as I would to a 1st grader.

    1. Action: We or Israel bomb iran.
    1 Consequence: Iran unleashes hezbollah and all its minions [remember lebannon, Israel couldn't beat hezbollah with bombs] and now instead of only worrying about Al Qeada we have about 15 new terrorist groups trying to blow something up that belong to us anywhere in the world.

    2. Action: We or Israel retaliate for Consequence 1.
    2. Consequence: Iran puts a chock hold on all oil flowing out of the gulf.

    3. Action: We depleate our oil reserve trying to fight them off, gas prices sky rocket, exxon mobil makes another trillion in profit.
    3. Consequence: None of our fighter Jets can continue to fly, so they grounded. We are force to walk to theran and fight soldier to soldier [like world war 1]

    Why you ask?

    4. Action 1, 2, 3: made all other Arab countries believe we at war with Arabs not terrorists.
    4. Consequence: We are not facing only Iranian soldiers, but everyone who fell for it, ranging from 12yr olds to the oldest men you think can fire a weapon.

    5. Action: The US Govt is force to reinstate the draft to replace the fast dying US Military.
    6. Consequence: China and/or Russia step in and declare themselves the new super powers.

    Do you get that? This is just one of the many senarios that can play out if you become a cattle and let yourself be dragged to the slaughter house.


    November 27, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Just another Obama idle threat.........

    the renegades of the world just have no fear of Obama......

    NOT Iran

    NOT N. Korea

    NOT Venezuela

    and NOT even the Somali pirates.

    They know a paper tiger when they see one.

    November 27, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Krejaton



    we will tell you to stop again!

    ...and again!

    ...and again!

    and if you STILL don't stop....we will pretend to draft mean and vicious sanctions threatening you if you don't stop...nyah nyah!

    November 27, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. ib

    Obama keeps putting this off so he can get more photo-ops out of it. The only thing this president knows how to do is campaign or fly around on AF1 like it is his personel toy. Check out his carbon footprint global warming lovers.

    November 27, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    Let us not start another war. We still have several uniforms left at Fort Bragg. Let's put Bush, Palin and "The Cheney's" in them and ship them off to take care of Iran. Brother Dick knows what he is doing.

    November 27, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. southerncousin

    Amazing, I see one of the dope smokers attacked Bush on this. I am sure they will be attacking Palin on this. Liberals are dangerously stupid.

    November 27, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |

    Hello awaiting liberalization by Cnn. Back these lude statements up with some empirical evidence. It is guys like yourself but have power ,that caused all this crap in the 1st place.

    November 27, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Real American

    Silence Dogoode, I couldn't agree with you more. These Iranians need to know that we will NOT tolerate a nuclear Iran. And that if this is the path they want to take then they can find out FIRST HAND what can happen when you defy the GREATEST military the world has ever seen. By the way I am a Conservative Dem. with zero tolerance for Iran's leadership

    November 27, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. They call me "tater salad"

    Yeah........Thats what we need, "more sanctions".........Because we all know that the multitude of sanctions we already have in place against Iran have been soooooooooo effective thus far!!! Get a grip, and a life while you're at it,.......... Idiots!!!!!

    November 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. A. Smith, Oregon

    Under the Shah of Iran, the United States directly offered several Nuclear Reactors built by US contractors to be placed in Iran.

    Of course that disappeared after the extremely corrupt US propped dictator, known as the 'Shah of Iran' fled Iran and Iran fell into the utter abyss under Ayatollah rule.

    One of the not mentioned items that US Taxpayers did give to the Shah of Iran were Gutenberg money presses that were identical to those which the US Treasury offices used to print American Money.

    The revolutionary guard in Iran quickly began using those same Guttenburg money presses to forge hundreds of millions of counterfeit 100 US dollar bills. North Korea appears to have aided and joined with Iran in flooding the world with these counterfeit US 100 dollar bills. Eventually, the US treasury dept. was forced to radically remake all of its treasury bills (paper money).

    The point being, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard should not have any industrial capability which could easily be corrupted into unleashing a even greater disaster on the world community.

    The Iranian People should at least be repeatedly told that any strikes on their nuclear facility's would spread thousands of tons of extremely corrosive, toxic and radioactive Uranium Hexafloride gas across much of Iran.

    November 27, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Steve in North Carolina

    Crippling sanctions? Are we going to include Iran in our new Health Care Reform bill? That should break them!

    November 27, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Speaking for Liberals

    begin sarcasm

    YEAH! because we all know how effective those sanctions are against rogue states like Iran and North Korea...RIGHT?!?

    end sarcasm

    November 27, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Spokanebob

    Sanctions won't work. Military strikes won't work. You cannot reason with someone / nation that is lead by religious zealots. Start sending arms to their opposition. Iranians need to fight for their freedom and bleed so that it will be remembered as we do our revolutionary war.

    November 27, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. 60's survivor

    yes knee jerk reactions from yes the previous adminstration. are you ears burning Cheney? and now we got nuclear weapons on the menu. FOOLS

    November 27, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. mjm

    A. Smith, Oregon.......I think your tin foil is too tight.

    If anyone is printing American's the Democrats and Obama.

    November 27, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Frank Pierce

    Maybe the type of sanctions which would hurt the Iranian people is what is needed. It's nice and quaint that their government is an extension of their Islamic Revolution but, their government is seeming too extreme for the health of the middle east and potentially for the world.

    I believe every country in the world which believes that the "silly forever war situation" in the middle east needs to stop should completely cease all business in the form of a total boycott and cessation of diplomatic relations with EVERY country in the middle east perceived as a child refusing to grow up.

    The bibles seem to say that if Israel gets destroyed that the world ends. I think that the message of this world needs to be revised (despite the gloomy predictions) ... Fine you all want to blow each other to hell? Good. We are not getting into your stupid messes and we are not going to be obliterated with you for the sake of bible predictions becoming true. We are going to ignore you and figure out how we can get along with each other.

    If some bratty kid starts misbehaving ask yourself what (really) works: begging them to stop or (walking away from them)?

    November 27, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. Cnn please post my comment! 1 love!

    All the Republican idiots on here who say we should Bomb Bomb Iran you are well... no real surprise here... Morons! Iran has our citizens locked up bombing Iran will ensure our citizens in their Jails are murdered! Im sure you would be saying the same thing if you or your relative was locked up in Iran! Besides the Obama approach is best there is nothing like the entire civilized world turned against IRan! That way American lives and are resources can be replenished since we just had 8 yrs of destruction from within by a reckless administration! Run Cheney Run!

    November 27, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. mjm

    AJ, Florida.......I take it you're in....5th grade?

    November 27, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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