International community has real deadline on Iran: US
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 00:13
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.


First Published: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 00:13

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