The senator added that the Obama Administration must reevaluate its policy at the end of the year and adopt a tougher stance if necessary. He called the sanctions “biting”, but said he doubted they would cause Iran to negotiate its nuclear program with the West.
Howard Berman told the publication that the administration had “months, not years” to make sanctions work and that a military operation was preferable to a nuclear Iran.
But the Obama Administration is still basking in the afterglow of its victory with Tupraz, a Turkish energy company that ceased refined oil sales to Iran due to sanctions. Next week a US delegation will visit China in an effort to convince Beijing not to fill the newly created void.
On Thursday [September 30] the US placed the Swiss-based Naftiran Intertrade Company, a subsidiary of Iran's national oil company, on a financial blacklist and claimed success in persuading several European energy firms to divest from the country.
Posted on October 1, 2010
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