The US State Department on Monday said setting red lines on the Iranian nuclear program is not useful, following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's statement Sunday that Washington is "not setting deadlines."

Noting US President Barack Obama's pledge not to allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland reiterated, "We are absolutely firm about the president's commitment here, but it is not useful to be parsing it, to be setting deadlines one way or the other, red lines."

Washington places precedence on applying pressure on Tehran and engaging it diplomatically, all the while conducting "intensive consultations with Israel," she added.

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