Clinton to Iran: Start addressing nuclear concerns

AP News
Posted: Apr 04, 2012 3:50 PM
Clinton to Iran: Start addressing nuclear concerns

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Iran should commit to nuclear negotiations as soon as possible because the time for a diplomatic solution is limited.

Clinton says Tehran must begin addressing international concerns about its disputed nuclear weapons program or face continued pressure and isolation. She says all U.S. options are on the table to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, but a window remains open for diplomacy.

Western officials have complained about Iranian haggling over the venue for this month's planned talks with world powers. They were planned for Istanbul. But Iranian officials have suggested Syria, Iraq, Lebanon or China as alternative venues.

Clinton said she expected the European Union to announce an agreement shortly.

She said the U.S. wasn't interested "in talks for the sake of talks."