Clinton urges Iran to accept nuclear offer as it isUS Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday urged Iran to accept unchanged a UN-drafted deal with global powers on its nuclear program.
"As I have said, this is a pivotal moment for Iran, and we urge Iran to accept the agreement as proposed," Clinton told reporters, flanked by new German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle Guido Westerwelle (born December 27, 1961) is a German politician and leader of the liberal party Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP). As such he is also the current Leader of the Opposition within the German parliament. .
"We will not alter it, and we will not wait forever," Clinton said.
Iran had been initially due to give its response to the deal by October 23.
The plan calls for Iran to export to Russia more than 2,640 pounds (1,200 kilos) of its 3.5 percent, low-enriched uranium (LEU) for refining up to 20 percent, to fuel a Tehran reactor that makes medical isotopes.
France would then fashion the material into fuel rods for the reactor.
The deal would have the effect of taking substantial uranium supplies out of Iran and leaving the Islamic Republic An Islamic republic, in its modern context, has come to mean several different things, some contradictory to others. Theoretically, to many religious leaders, it is a state under a particular theocratic form of government advocated by some Muslim religious leaders in the Middle without sufficient material to make a nuclear weapon, at least from stockpiles known to the international community.
"There were, of course, questions that they were asking about the details that stood behind the agreement, which both the IAEA IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency. (International Atomic Energy Agency International Atomic Energy Agency: see Atomic Energy Agency, International.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
International organization officially founded in 1957 to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. ) and our experts have been answering," Clinton said.
"But the terms of the agreement, the heart of the agreement, is not and will not be altered," she said.
Iran denies western claims that it is bent on Adj. 1. bent on - fixed in your purpose; "bent on going to the theater"; "dead set against intervening"; "out to win every event"
bent, dead set, out to producing nuclear weapons, but the crisis escalated in September, when it and the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. revealed the existence of a previously undisclosed nuclear plant inside a mountain near Qom.
From the US point of view, the deal would give Washington and its negotiating partners time to negotiate a more far-reaching agreement with Iran, and defuse de·fuse
tr.v. de·fused, de·fus·ing, de·fus·es
1. To remove the fuse from (an explosive device).
2. To make less dangerous, tense, or hostile: the crisis.
Germany is one of the partners, along with China, Russia, France, and Britain.
Westerwelle said he "can only strongly underline what" Clinton said.