"Iran has a choice" on nuclear issue: U.S. envoy

"Iran has a choice" on nuclear issue: U.S. envoy
# 13 May 2010 22:20 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. U.S. UN Ambassador Susan Rice said here Thursday that "pressure is mounting," but "Iran still has a choice" on the nuclear issue, APA reports quoting Xinhua News Agency.

Rice made the statement to reporters here that the United States is working "constructively" with other countries in the six- nation mechanism, which groups the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- plus Germany.

"In fact the P5+1 have been working intensely, regularly both here and in capitals," she said. "I think we are making good progress."

"We have always maintained that this is a dual track policy for pressure and the opportunity for diplomatic engagement and I think the progress of the P5 has been making in fact perhaps strengthens (Brazilian) President (Luiz Incio) Lula (da Silva) hand as he delivers a message in Tehran that we hope will be one."

"The pressure is mounting, Iran continues to have a choice, assuming it continues to make the wrong choices, that pressure will intensify," she said.

"We understand that some countries view unilateral sanctions with frustration and dismay," she said. "Our priority is to have a strong UN Security Council resolution and we can’t preclude what might follow."

"Thus far we have had very constructive and cooperative working relationships with China and Russia in the context of the P5 plus One and I think we’re making progress," she said.

The United States is leading a push to press for new sanctions against Iran on the ground the Middle East country is developing clandestine nuclear program, but Tehran insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purpose.