Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hillary Clinton appears to extend timeline for Iran sanctions

Updated on : Tuesday, March 02, 2010

BUENOS AIRES: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday it could take months to secure a UN Security Council sanctions resolution on Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

Speaking on the plane to Buenos Aires, the chief US diplomat appeared to back away from her contention before the US Senate last week that a new resolution could be obtained in the "next 30 to 60 days."

"We are moving expeditiously and thoroughly in the Security Council. I can't give you an exact date, but I would assume sometime in the next several months," she said before landing for talks with President Cristina Kirchner.

Clinton told reporters traveling with her that she expected to discuss Iran with Kirchner, whose tough stand on Iran she praised.

Meanwhile, a senior US diplomat in Washington dismissed Iranian reports that a Sunni militant, arrested in Iran, said his group Jundallah had received American help.

"I'm highly skeptical of those claims," the diplomatic source said, asking to remain anonymous, referring to the claims said to be made by Abdolmalek Rigi.

"There was a report over the weekend that he was moving to meet Richard Holbrooke somewhere, that's utter nonsense," the source added.

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