U.S. expressed cautious welcome to int'l talks with Iran

10:32, October 02, 2009      

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The United States on Thursday expressed cautious welcome to the international talks with Iran on nuclear issues, saying that Iran needs to live up to international obligations.

"We believe it was a constructive start," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said of the Geneva meetings between the permanent five members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany and Iran on its nuclear program.

However, Gibbs added that "The onus continues to be on the Iranians to live up to their obligations."

"If at any point this appears to simply be the Iranians trying to talk some issue to death, then I think, working in concert with and common purpose with our P5-plus-1 partners, we'll take additional steps to ensure that Iran knows we mean business," the spokesman warned.

Also on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton cautioned that Iran needs to respond with the concrete actions in the settlement of its nuclear issues although she acknowledged that the six-power talks with Iran has opened the door to a positive outcome.

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili held talks on the outskirts of Geneva earlier in the day, aiming at finding a solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.

Senior diplomats from the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany attended the meeting. This is the first high-level meeting between Iran and the six countries since a session in July 2008 ended without substantive progress.

Source: Xinhua

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