(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama’s top nuclear advisor warned Iran Friday that if it doesn’t engage seriously in nuclear negotiations, the U.S. and its allies are prepared to ratchet up sanctions.
Iran met with the P5+1 on Monday and Tuesday in Geneva and the two sides are set to meet again at the end of January.
Gary Samore told the Foundation for Defense of Democracies Washington Forum Friday that “In the wake of the Geneva talks, we and our allies are determined to maintain and even increase pressure. We need to send the message to Iran that sanctions will only increase if Iran avoids serious negotiations and will not be lifted until our concerns are fully addressed.”
He also warned Iran against joining talks in order to stall tougher measures.
His comments come after Iran’s nuclear negotiator told reporters after this week’s meetings that Iran will not suspend, or even discuss suspending, its nuclear enrichment programs.
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