US calls on friends, allies to support sanctions on Iran

US calling friends, alli

A top national security official said Tuesday that the United States is reaching out to international partners in an effort to build support for a new round of sanctions against Iran's regime. National Security Council chief of staff Denis McDonough told reporters the administration will revisit its options against Teheran in the new year and is gaging the views of US friends and allies about "the next step in the process." McDonough said both unilateral or United Nations sanctions are options. On Monday, US President Barack Obama spoke about the flaring violence in Teheran. He praised "the courage and the conviction of the Iranian people" while condemning Iran's Islamic government for attacking demonstrators with "the iron fist of brutality."