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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  1. They call me "tater salad"

    I love how the "righty's" commenting here, have absolutely no valid argument so they basically just post any ole ignorant comment (the more derogatory the better) cause they're like snot-nosed little children, acting out at another kids birthday party because Mommy and Daddy don't give them the attention at home that they're obviously starving for!......There........That was easy wasn't it? About as easy as putting the term "dope smoking liberal" to every weak, "alleged" argument!........ WOW.........Being a simple minded idiot is easier than I thought!!!!!!!!!No wonder you all do it so much!!!!

    November 27, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Richp the Poconos

    Typical, a year late and an economic crisis short.

    November 27, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. mjm

    R]s are Dumbasrocks..........Ahmadinejad said he planned to create an "exemplary government for the people of the world" in Iran. One of his goals was "putting the petroleum income on people's tables", meaning Iran's oil profits would be distributed among the poor.[47]

    I don't think this guy is a Republican. He seems to be more in line with .....Obama.

    If fact Ahmadinejad's campaign slogan was: "It's possible and we can do it".[46]

    Where have I heard that before? Hope and change? Yes we can?

    November 27, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Marc

    Even if The USA manages to get China and Russia on the group that can and will bring 'cripling sanctions' to Iran what would happen then? The Iranian people would suffer while the government and military and aiatollahs wouldn't one bit (like in North Korea), but perhaps those sanctions MIGHT (again MIGHT) be able to fuel even more the growing dissent in the Iranian status quo).
    Silence Dogoode, Joseph MacArthur had the same idea for the Korean War... remember?

    November 27, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Larry

    Tater, I couldn't agree more.

    How about we just try to abide by the Non-proliferation Treaty, and let the actual inspectors try to find some tiny piece of evidence, any evidence, to show Iran is working on nukes – none have been found up to this point, and you all know it. The US, in contravention to the NPT, makes an inside deal with India to give them access to all kinds of nuclear technology, etc. DESPITE their ACTUAL development of a nuke IN VIOLATION of the NPT. PLEASE let's stop the warmongering can we? At least for Thanksgiving...

    November 27, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. Jimmy James

    This administration will do nothing. Obviously Obama's "Apology Tour 09" didn't help. His friendly approach to diplomacy has netted the same results as Bush. We will know soon enough if he is just another Jimmy Carter

    November 27, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. khatami

    The name of God
    I do not know English language
    My language is Persian
    I translated with Google
    America and Iran relations
    America can and America in the capitalist world and is popular
    Disorient the main obstacle is the kind of dealing with extremists
    Is very easy with a little familiar with Islamic principles
    Commons of Islam – not Islamic experts
    I'm ready to help
    Iran Center for Middle East and Asia – close to continental Europe and Africa
    Near China and India and Central Asian and Islamic countries and Arabic countries
    The brains and knowledge economy
    Popular with people of good social and communication are global
    In connection with nuclear energy – related to people and experts – and peace following are the Scientific Affairs
    Controversial politicians in the country and abroad and have no participation
    Regret the disconnection of Iran and America
    With a little reflection is good and proper working of world peace in the world to start
    Today the world needs the space for peace
    And our people, guiding generations of world peace we can
    Components of the culture of the people there are standards and intellectual world
    With orientation is low due to some traditions people required to run the government
    Who in the world there is more profit and provide benefit to
    I have a good plan
    I am ready to help peace
    Thank you

    November 27, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. [R]s are Dumbasrocks

    Note how all the Palin-loving neo-morons like mjm who post on here about immediately striking Iran have little substance in thier posts. Like little children, they sat in silence for 8 years as their 'teacher' fed them ideological 'sweets' while actually doing NOTHING, and now they take the opportunity to criticize the grown-ups currently in charge, but have very little in the way of constructive details to offer.

    For example, do they advocate striking Iran with nuclear weapons, or conventionally? What do they propose the US do in the nuclear aftermath, both with a radioactive Iran and an expanding list of radioactive neighbors as the fallout spreads? Or, how much of a conventional intervention to they many American lives lost is it worth to premptively deal with this threat? And which level of threat shall we use to do this assessment - using input from the current state dept. and intelligence services or the all-nothing-knowing, ideologicaly-driven pundits on fux-news?

    Look, I know your rightwing panties are riding painfully high, but could you add a little substance to your shrill rantings? know, for the betterment of our country. As it is, you rightwingers are a dream-come-true for the are dead-weight and a destructive influence to an otherwise vibrant American country and culture.

    November 27, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Navy Vet

    As usual from the right a bunch of arm chair warriors so quick to condemn sanctions and diplomacy which means they're advocating another pre-emptive strike.

    Nothing but a bunch of war-mongering narcissists.

    November 27, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. [R]s are Dumbasrocks

    Hey mjm. Sounds like Ahmadinejad is a can-do guy. This attitude is much more in line with you Reagan-Bush II-worshipers - let's just get it done with little thought for consequences....just do it, whether it turns out bad or good. It certaily can't be that you are suggesting that Ahmadinejad is more like Obama because of resource give-away!! The experts at that, without a doubt, are the [R]s. You need only read the rantings of one J. Watt to understand this.

    Obama, on the other hand, has more of a thoughtful approach, weighing options, analysis of facts. This process takes awhile.....much too long for you ideologically-driven reactionaries.

    No, no, Ahmadinejad is right in line with you rightwingers. Nice try at deflection though. Ever since your party and its ideology started to consistently fail as it tuned more to the hard-right over the years, you [R]s have become expert deflectors. In fact the modern art of political deflection via rote repitition of fairytales was a central part of DumbasrocksGingerich's strategy for [R] control in the 1990s. And you guys are still at it, hoping the American people are still dumb enough to swallow it.....and I'll admit, the elections of 2000, 2004 gave you much hope that it was still so.

    November 27, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. khatami

    به نام خدا
    زبان انگلیسی نمیدانم
    زبان من فارسی است
    با گوگل ترجمه کردم
    به بهانه سلاح کشتار جمعی در عراق
    جنگ با صدام را آغاز کردند
    مردم آمریکا و دیگر کشورهای ژاندارم جهانی را در گیر کردند
    رکود اقتصادی را از این راه نمیتوان برطرف کرد !
    امروز هم مانند گذشته قصد دارند یک جنگ دیگر دایر کنند
    به بهانه جلو گیری از جنگ احتمالی !!؟؟؟
    رکود اقتصاد با دایر کردن اقتصاد ممکن است
    دایر کردن اقتصاد با ارتباط خوب ممکن است
    در صلح و سفر وهزینه کردن – کار و اقتصاد رشد میکند
    با تشکر از شما
    The name of God
    I do not know English language
    My language is Persian
    I translated with Google
    The pretext of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
    Began the war with Saddam
    America and other countries of the world gendarmes were involved
    Economic recession can not be resolved in this way!
    Today like they want a war in the past to establish
    Intercept the pretext of a possible war !!???
    Economic recession with the economy may start
    Establish a good relationship with the economy may
    In peace and travel to Vhzynh – work and the economy grows
    Thank you

    November 27, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. nocomprendo

    "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. " - Just where in the NT does it direct mere humans to go to war against other nations in the name of "stopping evil"? And how does one stop evil w/o committing it oneself? How does one kill with humilty, or drop a 1 ton bomb while turning ones cheek?

    The US govt has tried to control Iran for over 60 years, topple its leaders, supported its enemies in war. I can't imagine why they wouldn't trust us....

    November 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. sickofitall

    TO: awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    You have FOX news for you right-wing jerks. Go there and read all the news you WANT to hear instead of reading FACTS. There is NO media in this country, broadcast, written or radio, that is not biased in it's reporting. They are all biased toward sensationalism. If they have two sides to a story, the only one heard or, at the least, given an inordinate amount of emphasis, is the one that will be sensational or divisive.

    You want unbiased? Go to the source. Go to Iran and talk to the people and the leaders of their government. Can't do that, can you? It wouldn't make any difference anyway. All you would hear is the same you get here: what they WANT you to hear.

    Taking off your blinders and quit using the mindless party rhetoric would actually work. Open your mind, check out the FOX and CNN stories on a subject and USE YOUR GOD-GIVEN BRAIN to find out where the REAL truth is. Remember; there are always three sides to every story; side 1, side 2 and the truth. It's up to THINKING people to find out where the truth actually is between side 1 and side 2. Your chosen party refuses to allow it's followers to think. It's the party line or the highway and branding as a "traitor" or "un-American".

    I saw a bumper sticker recently that I want for my car. It said, "I'm to well informed to vote Republican". It doesn't mean I'm a Democrat or Independent or any other party. It just means I can, and do, reason things out for myself and go with the PERSON that will make the difference. And in all of my almost 65 years, that PERSON has been the lesser of two evils, no matter what party they represented.

    November 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Rickster

    @AJ, Florida:

    Thanks for the absolute worst analysis of the potential mideast consequences that I have ever seen. Now go back to your cartoons and leave us alone.

    November 27, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. jmz

    OOOOOHHHHHH i bet Amanjhad or how the heck u spell his name is really scared of Obama. The iranian president laughs at obama, for he sees Obama for what he is.. A blustering apologist used car salesman full of cool slogans, speeches and nothing else.

    November 27, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Paul V

    As if the Iranians listen or even care lol. The leaders of Iran still have their heads up their asses and the only people who will suffer from further sanctions are the common folk.
    It has been proven long ago the powers to be in Iran are corrupt and arrogant from the top down so it is no snot off their noses if the sanctions are extended or increased.
    The common folk in Iran do not rate when it comes to the Iranian governing powers to be.

    November 27, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Jayson

    Unless Iran directly attacks another country it is highly unlikely that Russia and China will ever back sanctions that will truly make any difference. By our continued failure to take advantage of our own natural resources and our continued dependence on Middle Eastern oil we have also created a situation under which military action can only come about with the price of oil skyrocketing overnight due to the inevitability that Iran will shut down the Straits of Hormuz..

    November 27, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Doug, witnessing true evil in blue America

    Why did Obama get a Nobel Peace prize like Carter and Arafat?

    That is your answer on how he feels about Isreal, I'm not saying that he is wishing them death as every Democrat in America is to every moral, family values oriented republican like Sarah Palin and her family, but he certainly doesn't care if they get bombed, liberals support Islamic Jihad and Hezbolah.

    November 27, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. chris

    Wow the Republican trolls are out in full force!

    Maybe we could do something about Iran if we were not so bogged down in Iraq. Oh wait, they had WMD right?

    It sure appears that everyone is an expert these days. Maybe we should just attack everyone. I mean one more war on the middle east won't matter right? I mean its not like we could have done anything about this for the past 8 years. Oh wait we did, we decided to not talk to them, yea that showed them didn't it.

    The election is over you lost live with it.

    November 27, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. danel

    If Israel can have nuclear weapons why not Iran? Who is the biggest threat in the middle east right now? It's Israel. Not Iran. These drumbeats of nuclear weapons are the same as the drumbeats of Iraq. Look what happened. Did they find the bomb? NO! America wake up. You're being played again.

    November 27, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Nick San Diego

    Why the hell should Iran listen to the UN.
    Israel does'nt.
    Besides if we had people on our borders who want to do us harm, would;nt we want a deterent.
    Listen up., all you sheep out there. it;s about time the U.S. stops losing American blood for Israel. Let them fight their own battles. Hell they got the bomb.

    November 27, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. rob

    Too little too late Obama, I guess that's what you get when you elect a guy with no experience just slogans. Hillary would have done a better job, and thats not saying much

    November 27, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. jake

    MJM If you remember it was your pair of idiots, Bush and Cheney that got us in the mess we are in today. It took those 2 crooks 8 years to screw this country up,President Obama can't fix it over night. Hell it took Old Slick Willy longer than that to fix things and he didn't have as big a mess as what our Great President Obama has.Oh yeah, some of you idiot republicans said you wouldn't vote for a pot smoking liberal,why not? you voted for a coke sniffing idiot from Texas.Need I say more

    November 27, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Nick San Diego

    I was reading a comment posted here mentioning Irans Religious zealots running the country.
    Well check it out ...............The Religious Right running the Republican Party if no different.
    Geez I wish you people would PAY ATTENTION and not mouth off the talking points alla Limbaugh,Hannity,Beck and Fox News..

    November 27, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. JK Ashburn, VA

    But it will take Obama about 4 years to decide what those sanctions might be. He's earned the sobriquet: Ditherer-in-chief.

    November 27, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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