Obama imposes newsanctions on Iran

President Barack Obama has announced new sanctions on Iran, just as the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate are preparing to introduce their own legislation, the Voice of America reports. President Obama has signed an executive order that imposes new sanctions on Iran’s energy and petrochemical sectors to prevent the country from getting around existing sanctions. The deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, Ben Rhodes, said the Obama administration is “sharpening the choice” for the Tehran government. “Iran has an opportunity through diplomacy to come in line with their international obligations with respect to their nuclear program; however, we have also made it clear that if Iran fails to meet its obligations, we will steadily ratchet up the pressure,” Rhodes said.The United States and several other Western countries have united to impose sanctions on Iran, saying they are concerned that Iran’s nuclear program is in reality an effort to develop nuclear weapons.

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