Friday, July 18, 2008
Iranians must understand their leaders need to choose between nuclear cooperation or confrontation, which will only lead to further isolation, the US State Department warned Saturday.
The statement from State Department spokesman Sean McCormack came after US Undersecretary of State William Burns joined international talks with Iran in Geneva in a bid to make Iran suspend sensitive nuclear work.
Burns, it said, delivered a “clear simple message” that Washington was “serious” in backing proposed international incentives for Iran to halt uranium enrichment and that it will only engage in negotiations with Iran when it does so.
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The statement added: “We hope the Iranian people understand that their leaders need to make a choice between cooperation, which would bring benefits to all, and confrontation, which can only lead to further isolation.”
When it was his turn to speak, “Burns delivered a clear, simple message: the United States is serious in its support for the package Mr. Solana conveyed in Tehran last month, the United States is serious in its support of P5+1 unity, and the United States with its P5+1 partners are serious that Iran must suspend uranium enrichment to have negotiations involving the United States,” McCormack said.
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