President Obama weighed in on international policy during a press conference with french President Francois Hollande, who is in town for an official state visit.
Mr. Obama acknowledged Syrian peace talks are far from reaching their goal, calling the ordeal "enormously frustrating". Several times he called out Russia and Iran for supporting the Assad regime.
France joins the U.S. In working to negotiate a final nuclear deal with Iran and has become a strong military ally after disagreements a decade ago over the U.S. led war in Iraq.
However, the Obama administration has objected to the interest French businesses have show in Iran since sanctions against the Islamic regime were eased. This is what Obama says American businesses can expect should they go around sanctions to do business with Tehran.
"And so businesses may be exploring… are there some possibilities to get in sooner rather than later if and when there is an actual agreement to be had. But I can tell you they do so at their own peril right now because we will come down on them like a ton of bricks.
With respect to the sanctions we control and we expect full compliance with respect to the P5+1 during this interim. We don't want new sanctions because the ones we have are already squeezing Iran and brought them to the table.
But we also want to send a message to the Iranians that if they don't resolve this broader issue of their nuclear program there will be consequences and that the sanctions regime not only will stay in place but that it will likely be tightened in the event that these talks fail."