Secretary of State: U.S. to fully utilise its power to prevent Iran getting nuclear weapons
The U.S is ready to use "all elements of its power" to prevent the emergence of nuclear weapons in Iran, but prefers a diplomatic way for settlement of the conflict, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today, RIA Novosti reported.
At a press conference in Israel she said that Iran's proposals voiced at the negotiations with six international mediators are ineffective. She added Iran's leaders still have time to improve the situation.
"Iran is now under greater pressure than ever before, Clinton said. "We will use all elements of U.S power to prevent it getting nuclear weapons."
Clinton completed her Middle East tour by talks in Jerusalem.
"The Iranian leaders still have the opportunity to make the right decision," she said. "Ultimately, Iran must make a choice."
After the meetings with the Israeli leadership, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Clinton said the two countries considered the Iranian problem in terms of similar positions in an effort to find the ways to have the maximum influence on decisions taken by Iran.
The Israeli leadership refers to Iran with its nuclear project, the hostile rhetoric of leadership and support for anti-Israeli forces throughout the Middle East. It is a threat to the existence of a Jewish state and calls on the international community to take decisive actions to neutralise it, without excluding a variant of using the power.
Israel is sceptical about the prospects of a dialogue between Iran and the international community. It calls on the 'Six' superpowers to demand from the Iranian authorities that it stops all work on uranium enrichment, transfer all stockpiled nuclear materials abroad and dismantle key facilities of the nuclear programme.
"Regarding the diplomatic track, I made it clear that the proposals that we have seen from Iran within the negotiations in the format 'five plus one' lead nowhere," Clinton said while estimating the progress of negotiations, the latest round of which took place in Moscow a month ago.