US for 'deeper' sanctions against Iran

VIENNA: The United States today said there was “no choice” but for “further, deeper sanctions” against Iran over its controversial nuclear drive, as the European Union also called for a “clear response”.

“We hope that Iran will change its current course and seek the path of negotiations,” Washington’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Glyn Davies, told the UN watchdog’s 35-member board of governors.

“Not doing so leaves the international community no choice but to pursue further, deeper sanctions to hold Iran accountable,” Davies said. Earlier, the European Union also called for a “clear response” to Iran, saying it was ready to support a further round of sanctions. “Iran’s failure to meet its international obligations require a clear response, including through appropriate measures,” according to a statement read out by Spain to the closed-door meeting.