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Dec032010

Clinton Urges Iran to Strike Nuke Deal

Photo Courtesy - U.S. State Department(MANAMA, Bahrain) -- Speaking at a security conference in Bahrain Friday, Secretary Clinton directly addressed Iranian delegates in the audience, urging them to accept a nuclear deal that will be offered to them at meetings in Geneva next week.
 
“We hope that out of this meeting, entered into in good faith, we will see a constructive engagement with respect to your nuclear program,” Clinton said, adding that Iran must take steps to reassure the world about its nuclear intentions.
 
“We urge you to make that choice,” she said. She said the Obama administration’s offers for dialogue remain on the table.
 
Clinton was addressing the so-called Manama dialogue, hosted by the think tank IISS, and among the attendees is Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki. Her remarks, which also praised Iran’s society and history, seemed almost an effort to tone down the rhetoric ahead of next week’s meeting.
 
On Monday and Tuesday the P5+1 will present Iran an updated fuel swap deal that would remove the country’s uranium stockpile in exchange for fuel to be used for electricity production.
 
Asked by an audience member after her speech what she expected to get out of the Geneva talks, Clinton said “that is largely in the hands of the Iranians.”
 
“It is, for me, if you are thinking strategically, very much in Iran’s interest to come to these talks in Geneva committed to working out a way to restore the confidence of the international community and firmly, conclusively reject the pursuit of nuclear weapons,” she said.
 
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