Clinton warns Iran deeds must follow words

REUTERS/ France 24 – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Sunday that international powers would not wait forever for Iran to prove it was not developing nuclear bombs.
British foreign minister David Miliband, whom Clinton met in London, said Iran would never have a better opportunity to establish normal ties with the rest of the world but that it had to start behaving like a “normal country”.
Iran agreed at a meeting with six world powers in Geneva on Oct. 1 to allow U.N. experts access to a newly disclosed uranium enrichment plant near the city of Qom.
Clinton said the meeting was a constructive beginning but added that it had to be followed by action.
“The international community will not wait indefinitely for evidence that Iran is prepared to live up to its international obligations,” Clinton said at a news conference.
Iran suggested on Sunday that it may embark on further refining of uranium—comments likely to add to concern among Western powers, which suspect Tehran is seeking to develop nuclear bombs. Iran denies the charge.
Negotiations are due on Oct. 19 in Vienna on a proposal to send Iranian uranium abroad for processing and then return it to Tehran.
The Islamic state has repeatedly rejected demands to halt its sensitive nuclear work, despite three rounds of U.N. sanctions since 2006.
Progress in the Geneva talks was seen as heading off calls for an immediate round of tougher sanctions in the near future.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told state television on Sunday the Vienna meeting would be a test.
“The Oct. 19 meeting is a test for fruitful cooperation (with the West) in the future,” Ahmadinejad said. “Failure of the meeting and imposing sanctions on Iran would hurt the West more than Iran.”


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