US officials: Obama looking at January for Iran sanctions

US officials Obama look

February 8, 2010 15:34

The Obama administration is looking to early January as the time to press for a new round of United Nations sanctions against Iran for its continued defiance of demands to explain its nuclear ambitions, US officials said Friday. As US President Barack Obama's year-end deadline looms for Iran to comply with demands to prove its atomic activities are peaceful, the administration is reaching out to European allies, Russia and China to win support for new penalties at the UN Security Council after the council's membership changes January 1, the officials said. The sanctions package is not yet "coherent," one official said, but may include UN penalties aimed at elements of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the United States already has applied, and on Iran's petroleum industry, which the Obama administration is considering.

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