Monday, October 12, 2009

The International Community Will Not Wait Indefinitely

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Iran on Sunday that the international community "will not wait indefinitely" for the Islamic republic to meet its obligations on its disputed nuclear programme. "The international community will not wait indefinitely for evidence that Iran is prepared to live up to its international obligations," Clinton said after talks in London with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband. Clinton said the six-party talks on Iran's nuclear programme in Geneva on October 1 were a "constructive beginning" but she said they "must be followed by action". "Words are not enough," she added. Western powers suspect Iran's nuclear programme is aimed at making atomic weapons, a charge strongly denied by Tehran. Global powers were outraged after Iran, just days ahead of the Geneva talks, revealed to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it was building a second uranium enrichment plant near the holy city of Qom. The next stage in the talks comes on October 19, when officials from Iran, the United States, Russia, France and the IAEA are to meet in Vienna to work out the deals under which Tehran has said it is ready to buy 20 percent pure uranium from abroad.