Obama threatens more Iran sanctions if talks fail

US, French presidents speak via telephone, express hope Iran will take advantage of P5+1 meetings; Ahmadinejad defiant.

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April 12, 2012 22:36
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An Iranian oil worker

An Iranian oil worker 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl)

The US will continue to pressure the Iranian regime through sanctions if the upcoming P5+1 talks fail to lead to a negotiated settlement over Tehran's nuclear program, US President Barack Obama said Thursday.

Obama's comments followed a

Talks between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, China, Russia and Britain are set to resume in Istanbul on Saturday with the major powers hoping Iran will give enough ground to continue negotiations and avert the threat of a Middle East war. They are the first such talks in more than a year.
Iran has promised to put forward "new initiatives" but has given no details.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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