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No draft prepared on Iran sanctions: US

Last Updated: Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 12:03

Washington: The United States on Friday denied reports that it has prepared a draft UN resolution for sanctions on Iran and is ready to be distributed among the members of the Security Council.
"I don`t think that`s correct," Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, PJ Crowley, said when asked about news reports that the US has prepared a draft of sanctions on Iran and is ready to distribute it to the UN.

"This week, we had a number of very productive conversations in Europe with various countries that share our concerns about the situation in Iran.”

“We are working to develop our ideas on how to proceed on this pressure track -- but this is a process I think that will take some time to develop," he said.

The goal of the Obama administration remains to change Iran`s decision making on its nuclear programme, to keep the international coalition together so that Iran sees clearly the unity it faces, and to maintain the US President`s flexibility in going forward.

"So we hope to work with the Congress to ensure that measures eventually adopted do not penalise countries that are working with us to advance these shared goals," he said.

Iran`s Foreign Minister had said in Geneva that the proposal on sending its low-enriched uranium abroad for processing and then use in the Tehran research reactor was still possible.

"It’s still on the table," Crowley said.

"I mean, go back to the fall when we first advanced this as a confidence-building measure to work cooperatively with Iran, with the international community, to provide Iran with the fuel that it needed for the research reactor.”

“The first response from Iran was a positive one. The second response, regrettably, was negative," he said.

"But we still think that is a fair opportunity for Iran. We think it`s good for Iran and it would help begin to address some of our concerns about certain elements of its nuclear programme.”

“And as far as I know, the offer is still on the table if Iran -- and the offer is there for Iran to say yes," he said.

Crowley said there have been some discussions on the mechanism through which that deal could be implemented. "But as far as I know, it is Tehran that has said no, or Tehran that has tried to renegotiate the offer.”

“And as Secretary (Hillary) Clinton and others have said, we have no plans to amend it," he said.


First Published: Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 12:03

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