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U.S. rejects 'red line' over Iran's nuke issue

(Xinhua)

10:09, September 11, 2012

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- The United States insisted on Monday that there is still "time and space" to end the standoff over Iran's nuclear program, in a subtle rebuttal of Israel's demand for a clear red line.

"We believe that there remains time and space for that effort to bear fruit, an effort that is focused on punitive sanctions to isolate and pressure Iran, and on diplomacy to bring about a change in behavior from Iran," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at a regular news briefing.

He was responding to a query about Israel's demand for a clear red line over the Iranian nuclear program in talks with Washington.

In an interview with a Canadian TV channel aired late Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted that "Iran will not stop unless it sees clear determination by the democratic countries of the world and a clear red line."

The prime minister asked for the red line last week on the grounds that the move would avoid war with Iran, as he himself and other Israeli leaders have threatened time and again preemptive air strikes on Iran's nuclear sites to stop the uranium enrichment activities in the Islamic republic.

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