US won't rule out additional sanctions on Iran in wake of missile tests

WASHINGTON, March 14 (KUNA) — The White House on Monday said it would not rule out additional sanctions being imposed on Iran in response to the Islamic Republic’s testing ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
Such sanctions could come from the international community or the United States, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said during a briefing.
“We do not talk a whole lot about those sanctions prior to them being put in place because we would not want to undermine the effectiveness of those sanctions,” he said. “But that certainly could be part of a response.” The US will continue to deepen its security cooperation with other countries in the region so “that we can be more effective in interdicting the supply of illicit materials that may be headed for Iran that allows them to continue to advance their missile program,” Earnest said.
The US also can also “enhance the ability of our partners in the region to counter Iran’s other destabilizing activities,” he said, noting that this was “the subject of intense discussion when the President invited the GCC countries here to the United States last summer.” During that summit at Camp David, Maryland, “this was an important topic of discussion, and I would anticipate that we will continue to try to coordinate with those partners to help them counter this threat,” he said. (end) rm.bs