Rice: All options on table with Iran

US secretary of state says America "still believes that the diplomatic option can work" in solving crisis.

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Days after Iran failed to accept incentives in return for suspending its uranium enrichment program, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday that while Washington would continue to pursue a diplomatic resolution to the standoff with Teheran, all options remained on the cards. "The president keeps all his options on the table, and we still believe that the diplomatic option can work and there's time for it to work," she told Yahoo! News. "I don't want to get into timelines, but the fact is we're working on it every day," Rice maintained. She added that the current diplomatic efforts were based on the assumption that "there are reasonable people in Iran that see this is not the way to run a country." "There are a lot of questionings of the policies of President [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad," the secretary of state continued. "The United states has said we don't have a permanent enemy here. We can move to a better place."