US to keep pressure on Iran after nuclear report

November 18, 2011 23:00

WASHINGTON - The White House welcomed a resolution on Iran's nuclear program on Friday by the United Nations atomic energy watchdog, and said the United States will keep up pressure on Tehran to abandon its drive for a nuclear bomb.

The resolution by the International Atomic Energy Agency expressing growing concern about Iran's atomic work had exposed "the hollowness of Iran's claims" that its nuclear program was for purely civilian purposes, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.

"The whole world now knows that Iran not only sought to hide its uranium enrichment program from the world for more than two decades, but also engaged in covert research and development related to activities that can have only one application: building a nuclear warhead," he said.

The resolution won overwhelming support at a meeting of the IAEA, but did not mention concrete punitive steps, reflecting Russian and Chinese opposition to backing Iran into a corner.

Washington already has orchestrated tough sanctions against Iran at the United Nations.

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