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Rice calls for new UN sanctions on Iran
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10:46, February 23, 2008

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U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday there is "a very strong case" for a third UN Security Council resolution on Iran for its defiance over its nuclear programs.

"There is a very strong case for moving forward on the Security Council resolution," Rice said.

Rice made the remarks after the IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei circulated his latest report on Iran's nuclear program to the agency's Board of Governors earlier Friday.

"In the last four months, in particular, we have made quite good progress in clarifying the outstanding issues that had to do with Iran's past nuclear activities," ElBaradei said after the publication of his report.

However, he said that the progress is still not enough and the IAEA was still unable to give a definite verdict on Teheran's nuclear ambitions.

"Iran in the past few months has provided us with visits to many places, that enable us to have a clearer picture of Iran's current program. However, that is not, in my view, sufficient," ElBaradei said.

The White House said Friday it was "disappointed" at Teheran's continuation of nuclear activities.

Pushed by the United States, two UN Security Council resolutions have been passed to punish Teheran. The United States wants a third UN Security Council resolution for harsher punishments for Iran.

Washington has accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program. Iran has denied U.S. charges and insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Source: Xinhua

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