Following meetings with top Israeli officials, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the US would seek tough new sanctions against the Iranian government if it rejected the US offer for talks. Gates vowed that such measures would not be incremental.
Despite US and Israeli officials’ persistent threats over Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program, Yukiya Amano, the new head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, says there is no evidence the nation is even working on such weapons.
SecDef Gates is apparently trying the "If at first you don't succeed, lie, lie again" gambit here.
Iran is building a power plant, and every single inspection by the IAEA has confirmed that exactly.
And what I would be curious to know is, what pressure can the US and Israel bring to bear without the complete and full support of the UN, which will not happen because of Russia's and China's veto power in the security council?
So are we talking about some kind bi-lateral military-type "containment" of Iranian vessels in the Gulf, which would be perceived by the Iranian government as an act of war?
Because other than that, the US and Israel have nothing in terms of sanctions which would really hurt Iran all that much.