Vice premier disappointed with US response to Iran threat

By REUTERS
January 15, 2012 15:53




Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon voiced disappointment in the Obama administration on Sunday, saying "election-year considerations" lay behind its caution over tough Iran sanctions sought by US legislators.

While Washington has been talking tougher about Iran's nuclear work and threat to block oil export routes out of the Gulf if hit with harsher sanctions, new US measures adopted on Dec. 31 gave US President Barak Obama leeway on the scope of penalties on the Iranian central bank and oil exports.

The senior official contrasted the administration's posture to that of France and Britain, which he said "are taking a very firm stand and understand sanctions must be imposed immediately."


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