Washington: The US has said that Brazil and Turkey share its strategic goal of preventing a nuclear Iran, even though they have differences with the Obama Administration on the tactics to be adopted in this regard.
"Even as we continue to be open to any diplomacy that countries like Brazil and Turkey are willing to engage in, and we appreciate their efforts or any diplomacy that Iran is prepared to engage in - and we are still open to that – and Iran, even following the Tehran declaration, has yet to pick up the phone and call the P-5+1 and say we`re ready to talk about our nuclear programme," State Department spokesman P J Crowley said.
"That is something we`ve been waiting months and years for Iran to do," he told reporters at his daily news conference, days after the UN Security Council slapped fresh sanctions against Tehran.
The US had the "same strategic goal" that Turkey and Brazil have in preventing the emergence of a nuclear Iran, he said. "We do disagree on tactics. We do have a disagreement about whether the Tehran declaration provided a sufficient opening that would put a pause on the other track."
The Tehran declaration was signed among Iran, Brazil and Turkey. Under it, Iran will send some 1,200 kg of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for a total of 120 kg of higher enriched uranium to be used in its Research Reactor, which produces medical isotopes for cancer patients.
"Our view, and the view of the P-5+1 (US, UK, China, Russia, France plus Germany), was that the only way to really significantly push Iran towards diplomacy was, in fact, to pass this resolution. We respect the fact that Turkey and Brazil have a different point of view," Crowley said.
"As we indicated earlier this week, also in our response to Iran`s letter to the IAEA, we continue - what we did in the Council was based on our ongoing concern about Tehran`s enrichment and its clear statements that regardless of the Tehran declaration, the Tehran research reactor proposal, that it was going to continue to enrich," he said.
It was in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, Crowley said. "On that basis, we felt it was appropriate to continue to pursue the resolution that was passed in the Council this week."
"We respect the fact that Turkey and Brazil have a different point of view. We are disappointed that they did not join the rest of the consensus within the Council. But we will continue to work with them as we continue to press Iran to come forward and answer the questions that we all have about its nuclear programme," Crowley said.