WASHINGTON - The inauguration of Iranian President Hassan
Rouhani is a chance for that country to move quickly to resolve concerns about
its nuclear program, but the United States wants to see actions from Tehran, the
State Department said on Tuesday.
The inauguration of Rouhani, who took
his oath on Sunday, "presents an opportunity for Iran to act quickly to resolve
the international community's deep concerns over their nuclear program," said
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
She added, however, "there are
steps they need to take to meet their international obligations and find a
peaceful solution to this issue, and the ball is in their court." Rouhani, seen
in the West as a relatively moderate leader, told his first news conference on
Tuesday he was "seriously determined" to resolve the dispute and was ready to
enter "serious and substantive" negotiations.
Asked about those remarks,
Psaki said, "we want to see credible steps taken" to address concerns that a
nuclear program that Tehran says is purely for peaceful needs is actually an
effort to build a nuclear bomb.
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