US vows to keep pressure on Iran until it sees action

In response to IAEA announcement it is close to a deal to unblock monitoring of Iran's suspected work on atom bombs, US says "promises are one thing, actions and fulfillments of obligations are another."

May 22, 2012 23:57
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WASHINGTON - The White House on Tuesday called the UN nuclear watchdog's

European sanctions to block Iran's economically vital oil exports are to take force in July and Israel has mooted military action. A defiant Iran, which denies any ambition to acquire atom bombs, has threatened reprisals and oil prices have risen on fear of a new Middle East war hitting a wobbly world economy.

Amano acknowledged that "some differences" remained before the deal he discussed on his first visit to Tehran could be sealed, although chief Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili had assured him these would not thwart agreement.

"The decision was made to conclude and sign the agreement ... At this stage, I can say it will be signed quite soon," the veteran Japanese diplomat told reporters at Vienna airport on his return from the Iranian capital.

Amano, who flew impromptu to Tehran to capitalize on progress in talks with Iran in Vienna held by senior aides, described the outcome of his meeting in Iran as an "important development ... We understood each other's position better".

Asked what differences persisted, Amano said only that they were "details of discussions on this document."

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