White House puts onus on Iran in coming nuclear talks

WASHINGTON Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:16pm EST

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney speaks during the news conference at the White House in Washington January 15, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney speaks during the news conference at the White House in Washington January 15, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House warned Iran on Thursday that it would face further pressure and isolation if it fails to address international concerns about its nuclear program in talks with world powers next week.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the window for diplomacy with Iran remains open "but that window will not remain open indefinitely" and put the onus on Tehran to come to the February 26 talks in Kazakhstan prepared for "substantive" discussions.

Carney was responding to questions from reporters on a U.N. nuclear report that said Iran had begun installing advanced centrifuges at its main uranium enrichment plant.

(Reporting By Matt Spetalnick)

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Comments (3)
StigTW wrote:
Why … It’s not Iran that has to justify it’s nuclear activity they’re entitled to it under the NPT just like every other country.

Feb 21, 2013 7:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MidWestSense wrote:
Why … How about you come up with a serious proposal for Iran.

Feb 21, 2013 8:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rgbviews wrote:
The onus is on the US to enter talks with an attitude of mutual respect. The more the US acts like a bully in the ME, the more Iran will offer resistance.

Feb 22, 2013 3:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
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