International Community United on Iran Policy, Rice Says

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March  2006 The international community agrees that Iran cannot have nuclear capabilities that could lead to the development of a nuclear weapon, and the U.S. is working with other countries to make sure that doesn't happen, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday morning talk shows today.

"Everybody takes very seriously Iran's intransigence and Iran's unwillingness to do what the international community has determined it should do," Rice said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "Iran cannot be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon; that is the view of the international community, not just the U.S."

The U.S. and its partners are doing everything they can to send a strong signal to Iran that if it wishes to be part of the international community, it must give up its nuclear ambitions, Rice said. If the international community stays united, Iran will not be able to stand the kind of isolation that North Korea has faced, she said.

"The Iranians are defying the world's will, and the international community needs to speak, and speak with one voice," Rice said on "Fox News Sunday."

The U.S. has had some tactical differences with Russia about the best way to stop Iran's defiant actions, but they are working to develop the best approach, Rice said. The International Atomic Energy Agency must continue to work with Iran, because it has technical expertise, but the U. N. Security Council can lend weight to the proceedings, she said.

"We really do have a chance to solve this diplomatically," she told "Meet the Press." "But I would be the first to say that we can't afford to waste time."

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