Washington: The Obama Administration is working with the international community to put pressure on the Syrian government and isolate Iran and has been succeeding in both its efforts, the White House has said. (Agencies)
"We have been working quite aggressively with the international community, with our partners and allies around the world, to put pressure on Syria and isolate Iran," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.
Noting that this is an ongoing effort, Carney said the US has effectively isolated Iran to a degree that has never before been the case.
"The impact of the sanctions and the efforts that we’ve implemented is profound as every report out there has recognized. We will continue to work with our allies to do that, to get Iran to behave, to live up to its international obligations," he said.
"In the case of Syria, to pressure President (Bashar) al-Assad to cease the violence against his own people, and to step aside so that the Syrian people can have the democratic transition that they demand and deserve," Carney said.
Observing that no option is off the table, Carney said the US is pursuing at this point diplomatic, economic and other means to bring about the results that it and so many other nations are demanding with regards to Iranian and Syrian behavior.
Carney said the US has been working with a variety of and a long list of nations, friends, partners and allies around the region and the globe to put pressure on the Syrians.
Meanwhile, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said that al-Assad is trying his best to deflect the attention of his people.
"It's interesting, throughout the course of his speech, Assad manages to blame a foreign conspiracy that's so vast with regard to the situation in Syria that it now includes the Arab League, most of the Syrian opposition, the entire international community," she said.
In his speech yesterday at the Damascus University, Assad had blamed foreign countries for conspiring to oust him.
“He throws responsibility on everybody but back on himself. And with regard to his own responsibility for the violence in Syria, he seems to aggressively deny any responsibility or any hand in the role of his own security forces," Nuland said.
"He's doing everything but what he needs to do, which is to meet the commitments that Syria made to the Arab League to end the violence, to pull tanks and heavy weapons out of cities, to allow journalists in, to release political prisoners, and to allow a real space for political dialogue to take place. So that's what we're looking to see in Syria," Nuland said.
Washington: The Obama Administration is working with the international community to put pressure on the Syrian government and isolate Iran and has been succeeding in both its efforts, the White House has said.