White House: More Time Needed on Iran Sanctions

The Obama administration said Saturday that it needed more time before it could move to impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program.

“We have additional work that needs to be done before we would announce additional designations," deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters in Hawaii, where President Barack Obama was on vacation.

Rhodes said the additional work the U.S. was undertaking was not based on pushback from Iran. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday ordered his defense minister to expand Iran's missile program, in defiance of the threat of new U.S. sanctions.

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