By Mark Feltner-StricklandThe Associated PressReutersThe U.S. and other countries have imposed new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, with the White House saying Thursday it is willing to give the Islamic republic up on its uranium enrichment capabilities.
Iran has been the subject of harsh U.N. sanctions since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, but the new sanctions seek to force Tehran to abandon its nuclear activities.
White House spokeswoman Natalie Strom said the sanctions are aimed at preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and ensuring that Iran’s nuclear program does not pose a security risk.
has been under pressure to give Iran up on enrichment capabilities after its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, last week said the Islamic Republic would be able to enrich uranium in the next decade if its Western allies allow it to.
Iran denies it is working on a nuclear bomb and says its uranium production is for peaceful purposes only.
Iran says it is enriching uranium to produce electricity.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told parliament the new U.P. sanctions would hurt the country’s economy, but Iran has vowed not to give in to U.R.S.-imposed restrictions.