Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hillary Clinton hopes for Iran sanctions soon

Updated on : Thursday, February 25, 2010

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she hoped the UN Security Council would endorse new sanctions against Iran in the "next 30 to 60 days" over its nuclear program.

"We hope that the next 30 to 60 days will see a sanctions resolution emerge," Clinton told a Senate hearing.

Early this week, White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs said Washington has been pushing for the toughest sanctions in the framework of the UN Security Council since last year's Resolution 1874 targeting the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Accusing Tehran of refusing to live up to its international responsibility, Clinton said "Iran has left the international community little choice but to impose greater costs for its provocative steps."

Similar remarks have been made by the top U.S. diplomat at a previous Senate hearing on Wednesday morning.

She told the lawmakers that the Obama administration has been working actively with partners to "prepare and implement new measures to pressure Iran to change its course."

The international community worries Tehran may obtain the uranium fuel needed for nuclear weapons by the same process to purify uranium, while Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purpose.

The Obama administration, avoiding from sending war threat to Tehran, has been trying the so called dual-track, namely engagement and sanction, to bring the international community together to make Iranian leaders realize the "importance of changing their actions and decisions concerning their nuclear program."

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