US: Iran must halt nuclear program (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yizhak Benhorin Published: 04.09.12, 22:38)
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Days before six powers, Tehran embark on atom talks, Washington says
Iran must abide by Security Council resolutions, bring uranium
enrichment to complete stop
WASHINGTON – After Iran rejected calls to reduce Uranium enrichment
to a level of 20%, Washington on Monday put its foot down, saying
that Tehran must bring uranium enrichment to a complete stop in
accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.
Five days before the six powers and Iran are set to resume talks in
Istanbul, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the US´ stance
has been made clear. Carney expressed hope that Iran realizes the
whole world is in agreement that it must give up its nuclear
"Our position is clear…that Iran must live up to its international
obligations, including the full suspension of uranium enrichment as
required by multiple UN Security Council resolutions," he said,
adding: "Our bottom line is the cessation of uranium enrichment and
the verifiable decision by the regime in Tehran to forgo pursuit of a
On Sunday, Iran rejected Western demands to close its Fordo nuclear
bunker and give up higher-level uranium enrichment.
These two demands, outlined by European and US diplomats to The New
York Times newspaper, were "irrational," the head of Iran´s Atomic
Energy Organization, Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, told ISNA news agency
in a lengthy interview.
"We do not see any rationale for such a request from the P5+1," he
But, he added, "We will not produce 20% enrichment fuel more than
what we need, because it is not in our benefit to produce and keep
During a press briefing at the White House, Carney noted that
President Obama made it clear that the window for a diplomatic
solution is closing, and that "time is not infinite here."
However, Carney added, "There is enough time and enough space at this
moment to pursue a diplomatic solution - that’s why the resumption of
these talks is important."
Meanwhile, State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on
Monday that the United States does not intend to hold public
negotiations with Tehran, adding that they will react to what is said
behind closed doors during talks in Istanbul. (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 04/09/12)
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