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Clinton says Iran's talks with world powers not "open-ended"

(Xinhua)

13:18, April 04, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 3 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday pressed Iran for concrete commitments on its disputed nuclear program, warning that its upcoming talks with the world powers are not "open-ended."

The talks are "not an open-ended session for both parties to talk around each other without ever coming to any agreement," Clinton said at the Virginia Military Institute, referring to the upcoming talks between Iran and the six world powers, namely the United States, Britain, France, Russia, and China plus Germany, also known as G5+1.

"We expect to see concrete commitments from Iran that it will come clean on its nuclear program and live up to its international obligations," she said.

Clinton said on Saturday in Saudi Arabia that six world powers and Iran had agreed on meeting in Turkey's Istanbul on April 13. However, reports said on Monday that the time and venue for the talks have not been finalized yet.

Vowing to enforce "the most comprehensive package of sanctions in history" against the Islamic state, Clinton said, while receiving the Distinguished Diplomat Award at the military institute, that the pressure is forcing Iran's leaders back to the negotiating table, and hoped that it will result in a peaceful resolution of its controversial nuclear program.

At the end of last year, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act, a part of which is aimed at choking off Iran's crucial oil revenue by targeting its central bank and financial sector. The law allows the Obama administration to slap sanctions on foreign banks that engage in oil transactions with Iran's central bank and cut them off from the American financial system.

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wende at 2012-04-0471.255.86.*
China should take a leading role in Iran issue. US is using Iran to isolate China"s oil supply. China has reduced importation from Iran and yet US says this is not counted because it is a pricing issue. US then gives exemptions to all its allies like Japan and some EURO nations. Very soon US will also exempt South Korea, India, Turkey from the sanction leaving China holding the short end. US is using all available tricks and opportunity to squeeze China out of oil market. Alternate source like Saudi are not reliable as they may soon be pressured by US not to sell to China using some excuses like the Syria issue which China has a different view than Saudi. All these traps are set for China. EURO is taking aim at Africa"s oil industry as a tandem to US effort.
  

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