Solana: Iran dialogue can't last forever

Peres urges tough stance: Iran has a human bomb... Ahmadinejad."

By JPOST STAFF, AP
October 4, 2006 13:02
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Solana: Iran dialogue can't last forever

ahmadinejad 298 ap. (photo credit: AP)

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said Wednesday Iran must decide whether it wants to continue nuclear talks. "Today, Iran has made no commitment to suspend," Solana told the European Parliament. "This dialogue I am maintaining cannot last forever and it is up to Iranians now to decide whether its time has come to end."

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He said that if that was the case, he suggested that the standoff over Iran's nuclear program be moved to the United Nations Security Council. Meanwhile, Vice Premier Shimon Peres, speaking at a press conference in Berlin, said that the international community must adopt an aggressive stance against Iran. According to Peres, Iran's strength stemmed from the international community's weakness in responding to it. The vice premier said that it was a mistake for Western countries to keep talking with Iran after Teheran failed to meet a deadline to agree to stop enriching uranium. "Iran seeks a nuclear bomb, although it already has a human bomb in the image of Ahmadinejad," said Peres. Iran let an August 31 deadline pass, failing to agree to an offer of economic incentives in return for dropping its uranium enrichment program. Solana has continued to talk with chief Iranian negotiator Ali Larijani. Asked what he expected from the talks, Peres said, "If you don't want to govern the world by guns, then you have to govern the world by wills - which means if you say something you must respect it." "The fact is, that the United Nations, all countries, gave a date to the Iranians to answer," he said. "The Iranians didn't respect it and the negotiations are still continuing. And I think this is a devaluation of the wills, which is in my judgment mistaken. Don't say it's OK ... you must stick to what you have said." "The United States went with Europe for the diplomatic and economic option and they try to build a coalition," Peres said. "Well, a coalition must produce an agreement, otherwise it cannot hold. An agreement must have a time and a date, it cannot be weak, it must be a choice." US officials have said they are willing to give Solana up to several more weeks to see if he can reach a deal with Larijani before pressing for sanctions in the UN Security Council.


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