Saturday, July 11, 2009
US President Barack Obama cranked up pressure on Iran by saying Friday world leaders were “appalled” at post-poll violence and would not stand idly by while Iran builds a nuclear weapon.
Welcoming a rare consensus on Iran among the globe’s most powerful nations at the L’Aquila summit, Obama told reporters he hoped Tehran would recognize that “world opinion is very clear”.
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The G8 joint declaration expressed “serious concern” over post-election violence in Iran but called for a negotiated resolution to the standoff over Tehran’s nuclear programme, giving it until September’s G20 summit.
“And that’s been always our premise, is that we provide that door,” said Obama.
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