Washington: The US today said December was a
"a very real deadline" for Iran to accept a UN-drafted deal on
nuclear enrichment, and the international community is waiting
to see if it will lives up to its responsibilities.
Reacting sternly to President Mahmoud Ahmadinijad`s
rejection of the year-end deadline to accept the deal to swap
enriched uranium for nuclear fuel, White House said the world
community "will act accordingly" if Iran fails to oblige.
Observing that the international community is united on
this, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, said: "We are
now with the international community, waiting to see -- and
have been waiting to see for months -- whether Iran will live
up to its responsibilities".
Gibbs said: "Mr Ahmadinejad may not recognise, for
whatever reason, the deadline that looms, but that is a very
real deadline for the international community".
The spokesman said all of those involved in the P-5 plus
one would encourage Iran to take the deadline as seriously as
is being taken by US to "live up to those responsibilities".
"It is in his control what Iran decides to do. The offer
that was put forward by the P-5 plus one and by the IAEA,
that, I think, clarified for the world what Iran`s intentions
were," he said.