DETROIT (WWJ) – President Barack Obama is ordering new U.S. sanctions on the government of Iran, including the Central Bank, amid new tensions that a unilateral strike by Israel on Iran’s nuclear program could come soon.

The sanctions are aimed at increasing pressure on Iran to abandon its nuclear program.

Michigan Republican Mike Rogers is Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee spoke to WWJ about U.S. concerns:

“A unilateral attack by Israel into Iran to stop that nuclear weapon program is not something that is in the best interest of the United States. It may be in the Israelis best interest I don’t think it’s in the best interest of the United States. That’s why there is all this concern about seeing if we can’t find better solutions to this Iranian nuclear program than a unilateral Israeli attack,” said Rogers.

Meantime, Israel’s prime minister apparently thinks his Cabinet is doing a little too much talking about the possibility of Israeli action against Iran’s nuclear program. Benjamin Netanyahu has told Cabinet members to quit the “chitchat”, regarding Iran.

Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he believes there is a growing possibility that Israel will attack Iran as early as April to stop Tehran from building a nuclear bomb.

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