Washington: Claiming that Iran with its
provocative behaviour is going down a "dangerous path", US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the door of engagement with the Tehran is still open, even after being
ineffective so far.
"Our view is the path that Iran seems to be going down is
a dangerous one for themselves and for the region, and the
danger is compounded, on top of their provocation, their
deliberate support for terrorism in many places, by their
continuing pursuit of a nuclear weapon.
So it`s something that the world has to respond to, and I
think we`ve been quite effective in doing so," Clinton told
reporters during a joint news conference with her British
counterpart William Hague.
Clinton said that the US believes strongly in a diplomatic
approach and seeks the engagement of the mid-east country.
"And as you know, we have attempted to bring about that
engagement over the course of the last three-plus years. It
has not proven effective, but we`re not giving up on it," she
"With respect to any actions on further sanctions, we have
been very tough. And not only did we work hard to get
international sanctions through the United Nations, but we,
along with close partners like the UK, like the EU and others,
have applied additional sanctions, and we will continue to do
so," Clinton said in reply to a question.
Supporting the US leader, Hague said Britain too is not giving up its engagement with Iran.
"But on a number of occasions, Iran has behaved in a way in recent weeks and months which have intensified
confrontation with the rest of the world," he said referring
to the plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador in the US and the
attack on the British Embassy in Tehran.
"We`ve seen an increasing predilection for dangerous and
illegal adventures on the part of at least part of the Iranian
regime," Hague said.
The British leader said that the activities may not be
the work of a united Iranian regime, but from at least part of
the Iranian regime such actions have been sanctioned.
"So we will increase the peaceful, legitimate pressure on
Iran. We see that not as confrontation, but as a necessary
response to the -- in particular, to the nuclear programme,"
"We adopted in the European Union 10 days ago sanctions on
an additional 180 individuals and entities," Hague said.
He added along with the expansion of the sanctions, more
tougher ones could be imposed on the financial, energy and the
transport sectors of the country.