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By John R. Bolton
Reality calls for attaching Gaza to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan
Topic - David S. Cohen
A top Treasury Department official said Wednesday that the Obama administration is poised to harden economic sanctions against Russia if the government of President Vladimir Putin continues its aggression in Eastern Europe.
A top Treasury official said Tuesday that sanctions pressure on Iran will actually "continue to mount" over the coming months under a new nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration and other world powers, despite Secretary of State John F. Kerry's assertion that the U.S. "will suspend certain sanctions."
Democrats appeared eager Wednesday to poke holes in the seriousness of President Obama's vow to deter Iran from developing a nuclear warhead, raising tough questions about whether the White House is squeezing hard enough on sanctions against the Islamic Republic's economy.
"Russia has already started to bear the economic costs of its unlawful effort to undermine Ukraine's security, stability, and sovereignty," David S. Cohen, under secretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in announcing the sanctions. "We will continue to impose costs in direct response to Russia's provocative acts."
David S. Cohen, Treasury's under secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that Mr. Obama plans to make the case Wednesday in Belgium for a united response from the United States and Europe to the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula.