White House warns Iran on nuclear inaction

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends a military parade to mark the anniversary of the start of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war in southern Tehran September 21, 2008. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The White House on Monday expressed concern about Iran’s lack of cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog and said Tehran must provide “substantial information and access” to the agency.

“We would echo what the IAEA said today which is that Iran needs to give the agency substantial information and access if they are going to be proven correct in their claims,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“Meanwhile we will continue on our path of negative consequences for their inaction,” she told reporters aboard Air Force One as Bush flew to New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly.

Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky, writing by Tabassum Zakaria; Editing by Kristin Roberts