Tuesday, October 6, 2009

US keeps sanctions option as it pursues diplomacy with Iran

Updated on : Tuesday, October 6, 2009

NEW YORK: The Obama administration says it is committed to diplomacy with Iran, but is reviewing the possibility of imposing enhanced sanctions. US officials stress they will not wait forever for Tehran to come clean about its nuclear ambitions.

The White House says the latest round of multilateral talks on the Iranian nuclear dispute began well. Officials say they are now waiting to see if Iran follows through on the pledges made Thursday in Geneva.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice says the onus is on Tehran to adhere to the commitments it has made.

"If it does not, time is short. We are not interested in talking for talking's sake," said Rice. "We are not interested in interminable negotiations. They have to demonstrate conclusively that their program is for peaceful purposes."

During an appearance on the NBC television program Meet the Press, Rice declined to discuss specific deadlines.

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