U.S.: Iran can end its isolation by giving up nuke program (HAīARETZ NEWS) By Natasha Mozgovaya 04/12/12)
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Iran can change its current international isolation by relinquishing
its nuclear weapons program, a top U.S. official said on Wednesday,
adding that the world was united in its demand that Tehran suspend
all uranium enrichment activities.
The remarks by White House spokesman Jay Carney, coming days before a
planned round of nuclear talks between the Islamic Republic and
western powers, followed comments by the head of Iran´s Supreme
National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, according to which Iran
could offer new proposals at the session.
"Iran´s representatives will participate in the negotiations with new
initiatives and we hope that the P5+1 countries will also enter talks
with constructive approaches," Jalili told English-language news
network Press TV.
Jalili, Iran´s chief nuclear negotiator, said it was "ready to hold
progressive and successful talks on cooperation" but that "the
language of threat and pressure against the Iranian nation has never
Speaking to the press on Wednesday, Carney addressed upcoming P5+1
talks, saying that there was an "international consensus about the
absolute need for the Iranians to abide by their obligations, to
forsake their nuclear weapons ambitions, to demonstrate verifiably
that they can reassure the world that they do not seek to acquire
"And you know, our bottom line, our position is that Iran must --
lived up to its international obligations, including the full
suspension of uranium enrichment, as required by multiple UN Security
Council resolutions," Carney added.
Reiterating recent remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama regarding
the "closing window" of opportunity to resolve the Iran issue, Carney
said that the "Iranians need to demonstrate that they are serious,
that they will engage in these talks seriously and focus on the
issues that need to be resolved. Beyond that, we´ll have to see how
"Well, I´m not going to negotiate from here on behalf of the P-5 plus
one, but I think it´s important to note what has been clarified over
the past three years, which is that the international community is
united; Iran is isolated; the way to change that dynamic is for Iran
to live up to its international obligations and to forsake its
nuclear weapons ambitions," Carney added.
Referring to the Iranian nuclear issue on Monday, Carney said that,
as a first priority ahead of nuclear talks, the administration of
U.S. President Barack Obama put the cessation of Iran´s enrichment of
20 percent grade uranium in its underground facility in Fordo.
However, Carney added, the "bottom line" in upcoming talks would be
to get Tehran to relinquish its nuclear aspirations altogether,
ceasing all enrichment activities in the country.
"But there is enough time and enough space at this moment to pursue a
diplomatic solution - thatís why the resumption of these talks is
important," the U.S. official said. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz
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