Obama urges Iran to take constructive action on nuclear issue

10:33, October 02, 2009      

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U.S. President Barack Obama reiterated here on Thursday that his administration is prepared to move forward to increase pressure against Iran if the latter fails to take constructive action on the settlement of nuclear issue.

Noting that the Geneva meeting between the permanent five members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany and Iran on its nuclear program was "a constructive beginning," Obama said such meeting "must be followed with constructive action by the Iranian government."

"Talk is no substitute for action," Obama made the statement at the White House hours after the Geneva meetings between the permanent five members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany and Iran on Iran's nuclear program.

"Iran must demonstrate through concrete steps that it will live up to its responsibilities with regard to its nuclear program.

"First, Iran must demonstrate its commitment to transparency. ...Since Iran has now agreed to cooperate fully and immediately with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it must grant unfettered access to IAEA inspectors within two weeks.

"Second, Iran must take concrete steps to build confidence that its nuclear program will serve peaceful purposes," Obama said.

Obama noted that Iran could have better future if it takes concrete steps and lives up to its obligations.

"We will do our part to engage the Iranian government on the basis of mutual interests and mutual respect, but our patience is not unlimited," Obama said.

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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