Wednesday, April 13, 2005


Rice plays down Iran nuclear threat

"NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States will decide this summer whether to pursue a tougher stance on Iran's nuclear program at the United Nations Security Council, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published on Thursday.

Rice said Washington has faith in European-led negotiations aimed at ensuring that Iran's nuclear program remains non-military, and that what matters most is 'a unity of purpose' among all the nations involved.
Her remarks come shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon urged President Bush to take a tougher line on Iran and said the country was approaching a point of no return in its quest for nuclear weapons.
Rice, however, told the newspaper the Israelis had provided 'no new revelation' on Iran's alleged nuclear program. "

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