US ambassador to UN says Washington in intense negotiations with Iran

US ambassador to UN says

October 4, 2009 15:50

Washington and other veto-holding permanent members in the UN Security Council are studying sanction options if Iran does not prove its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said Sunday. Speaking on NBC television's "Meet the Press," she said that the so-called P-5 + 1 is in a period of "intense negotiations" with Teheran but that Iran had a "finite period" to completely open its nuclear program to international inspections. She refused to set a deadline. Rice said the United States had three options: to push sanctions through the UN, to work with European allies to punish Iran, or to take unilateral action in conjunction with the other possible courses of action.

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