The US and the EU are determined to maintain existing economic sanctions on Iran and are prepared to impose additional ones if the two sides could not come to an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, a senior US official said today.
"We and our allies are determined to maintain and even increase pressure," said Gary Samore, the White House coordinator for arms control. "We need to send the message to Iran that sanctions will only increase if Iran avoids serious negotiations and will not be lifted until our concerns are fully addressed" [AP, 10 December].
Samore made his comments during a conference on “Countering the Iranian Threat” hosted by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. The comments came three days after the two sides resumed their talks in Geneva, but no serious agreements came out of those talks. Iran and the major powers are to resume their talks in January in Instanbul.