Obama: More Iran Sanctions Coming

Insists Talks Can't Be Allowed to Continue

Speaking today from Cartagena, President Obama sought to assuage Israeli concerns about the ongoing P5+1 talks with Iran, insisting that the talks wouldn’t be allowed to continue much longer and that more sanctions were “coming.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed “irritation” at the talks not ending with a broad condemnation of Iran, saying that it amounted to a “freebie” for Iran to continue its civilian enrichment for five weeks “without any limitation.”

The Istanbul talks with the P5+1, which US officials has presented primarily as an excuse for new sanctions, didn’t exactly go as intended, with officials from the other nations saying Iran was surprisingly serious about the talks.

The US is liable to move forward on new unilateral sanctions at any rate, but the talks are likely to keep any UN Security Council resolutions from being pushed until after next month’s talks in Baghdad.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.