US, Germany Say Iran
Faces Tougher Sanctions Over Nuclear Program
January 26, 2012
The United States and Germany say Iran will face tougher international
sanctions on oil revenues if it does not abandon its pursuit of nuclear
With the European Union moving closer to a vote on an embargo of Iranian
oil Monday, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the
international community must not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.
“The government in Tehran keeps violating its international obligations
on the transparency of its nuclear program. We have no choice but to
pass tough new sanctions that address the financial sources of the
nuclear program. One thing is clear: the door for serious dialogue
remains open, but the option of nuclear weapons in Iran is not
acceptable,” said Westerwelle.
The German foreign minister spoke following talks with U.S. Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton, who said the United States and Germany are
closely coordinating sanctions meant to deprive Iran of oil revenue it
could use to pursue nuclear weapons. Westerwelle said the ultimate goal
is clear: preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.
“This is not only our raison d'etre to protect Israel. It is also a
question of the balance in the region. And it is also unacceptable if we
look to the situation at the nonproliferation necessity worldwide,” said
Secretary Clinton said the pursuit of nuclear weapons, and what she
calls Iran's “needless provocations” against shipping through the Strait
of Hormuz, put it on a dangerous path.
does have a choice to make. It can come back to the table - as we have
consistently made clear to them - and address the nuclear program
concerns that the international community rightly has or face increasing
pressure and isolation,” said Clinton.
The European Union is expected to implement its oil embargo gradually so
that already fragile economies - including Greece and Italy - can find
other sources of fuel. While Iran will likely find other buyers,
industry analysts expect China and India will insist on a discount. That
would cut into oil receipts and could further weaken the value of Iran's
Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Westerwelle say they are not
seeking a conflict with Iran. Instead they want the government in Tehran
to return to talks over its nuclear program. But only talks that, in the
German foreign minister's words are “serious and substantial” not talks
that are meant for show.