U.S. welcomes European, Canadian additional sanctions on Iran

09:53, July 27, 2010      

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The U.S. welcomed the moves by European Union and Canada to impose more sanctions on Iran, said a joint statement by State Secretary Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Monday.

The statement said the measures significantly increase Iran's isolation and underscore the European and Canadian leadership to hold Iran accountable for its failure to meet international obligations.

But the statement also said the U.S. remains committed to a diplomatic solution to the Iran nuclear standoff and will continue to work with all partners to pursue the "dual track approach" of engagement and pressure on this issue.

European Union and Canada announced on Monday that they impose more sanctions on Iran, following similar move by the U.S. early this month.

All these measures go beyond the UN Security Council Resolution 1929 passed in June, which imposes the fourth round of sanctions on Iran since 2006.

Meanwhile, Iran has reportedly submitted a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on resuming nuclear talks.

The letter, jointly provided by Iran's National Security Supreme Council and Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, expresses Iran's readiness to start uranium swap talks, Iranian satellite Press TV reported on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Iran is ready to start the nuclear talks " without delay," the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

Source: Xinhua


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