The United States and its allies are planning a new batch of sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran. This comes as the US is claiming that the current sanctions are hurting the Iranian regime.
By increasing the economic pressure, White House officials say, they hope to raise the cost to the Iranian leadership of letting the talks drag on. But it is possible, some concede, that the Iranians could react by pulling out of the discussions. The talks, held this week in Geneva, were the first in a year, and are supposed to be followed by more meetings next month, probably in Turkey.