Nicholas Burns, U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, speaks during a remote interview on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ July 9, 2006
Iran is cornered on nuclear issue – US
The US State Department’s number three diplomat Nicholas Burns on Sunday said Iran “miscalculated” by trying to drive a wedge between the United States and its allies, and threatened United Nations action if Tehran fails to heed international concerns over its nuclear programme.
“The Iranians miscalculated. They thought they could divide the United States from our European allies and Russia and China, but we’ve been able to craft a united coalition of all those countries,” Burns told NBC television.
“They have to choose – negotiations with us, or further action in the security council,” Burns said.
He added: “Frankly, I think they’re rather cornered and isolated. There are very few countries defending them and they’re running out of options.”
There have been ample opportunities for Iran to “save face.” For now, stalling is their only option to postpone the inevitable – cessation of uranium enrichment.
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.
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