February 29, 2012 | Quote

US Skips Chance to Hit Foreign Firms with New Iran Penalties Before High-Stakes Israel Meeting

Mark Dubowitz, a sanctions expert advising the administration on Iran, said announcing more penalties Wednesday would have sent a message that the administration was serious about sanctions enforcement.

“I think it would have been wise to have welcomed the prime minister with a show of force on the economic warfare front and to have imposed a meaningful and consequential sanction in anticipation of what will be a difficult meeting,” Dubowitz said of the meeting between Obama and Netanyahu.

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