Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Gianfranco Fini, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs smile at the conclusion of their joint news conference at the State Department in Washington, Monday, Jan. 23, 2006.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday there was strong international consensus against Iran’s nuclear plans and time had run out for talking to Tehran.
With Italy’s foreign minister at her side, Rice said the next step must be to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council. The United States believes Iran is building a nuclear bomb but Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful, energy purposes.
Rice told reporters.
“Iran must know that there is a firm international consensus against the activities that Iran is currently engaged in. We would all like to solve this diplomatically and we are all committed to doing so but Iran must recognize the concerns of the international community and has not done so.”
Iran on Sunday urged the European Union to return to negotiations with Tehran on its nuclear program, saying talks were the only way to defuse its nuclear standoff with the West.
Rice said the time for talking was over and European discussions had come to a “dead end” because of Iran’s actions. “I don’t see much room for further discussion in any format,” said Rice.
As if United Nations sanctions would mean or do much to Iran.
The Winds of War continue in the Middle East…….
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image
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