- 8 Christians have been arrested in Shush
- Behnam Ebrahim Zadeh is on hunger strike
- World should thank Iran for high execution rate, says Tehran official
- Iran's dervishes on hunger strike inside, outside prison
- Iran hangs 16 in reprisal for Pakistan border killings
- 15 prisoners executed in Kermanshah and Ilam
- EU’s Ashton: No guaranteed success in Iran deal
- Regime's cleric: ‘Having a nuclear bomb is necessary to put down Israel’
- Parts of the Geneva Agreement Were not Coordinated with Khamenei
- Poll: More Americans dislike Iran deal than support it
- Iran won’t acquire N-weapons the way Pakistan did: Obama
- 'Sanctions will fly out of Congress' if Iran reneges, Dem warns
- Women lead fight against Islamism
- Iranian Woman Mahnaz Mirzaei Rules Sarapardeh Coal Mine!
- Release Women Prisoners of Conscience
- New Population and Family Plan Would Stifle Women, Says Iranian Civil Society
- UN women's rights resolution passed despite backlash
- Two Women and Four Men were Hanged in Iran
- Israel unloads 40 short-range rockets from Gaza-bound ship
- Iranian Commander: We Have Targets Within America
- IRGC: Tehran’s power to hit back beyond US comprehension
- Iran touts new laser that bolsters missile accuracy
- Iran to start mass-production of three new radars
- Syrian forces 'kill children' near capital
Sunday 12 January 2014
(KUNA) -- Iran is expected to begin destroying its uranium enrichment capabilities on January 20, as outlined in a deal officially accepted Sunday in Tehran and hammered out by the P5+1, but President Barack Obama warned the US will ratchet up its sanctions should Iran fail to comply.
In a statement released by the White House, Obama said the US, Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany, as well as the European Union "will begin to implement modest relief so long as Iran fulfills its obligations and as we pursue a comprehensive solution to Iran's nuclear program." However he also noted that the US "will continue to vigorously enforce the broader sanctions regime, and if Iran fails to meet its commitments we will move to increase our sanctions." At home, Obama continues to face some members of Congress who insist that further sanctions on Iran will yield greater results for the international community, but the president stressed that he will put a stop to any such decision.
"Imposing additional sanctions now will only risk derailing our efforts to resolve this issue peacefully, and I will veto any legislation enacting new sanctions during the negotiation," said Obama, while also thanking those who supported his administration.
"Unprecedented sanctions and tough diplomacy helped to bring Iran to the negotiating table, and I'm grateful to our partners in Congress who share our goal of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon." Obama welcomed Tehran's agreement on Sunday, calling it "concrete progress.
"We will now focus on the critical work of pursuing a comprehensive resolution that addresses our concerns over Iran's nuclear program," he said. "I have no illusions about how hard it will be to achieve this objective, but for the sake of our national security and the peace and security of the world, now is the time to give diplomacy a chance to succeed."