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US for strong action against Iran: Rice

The United States has urged "strong steps" against Iran following Tehran's successful enrichment of uranium.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 08:35 IST

The United States has urged "strong steps" against Iran following Tehran's successful enrichment of uranium.

The US is in consultation with its allies to re-convene the UN Security Council to discuss the matter.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the Security Council should take action against Tehran, which would maintain the credibility of international community that had expressed concern over Iran's nuclear ambitions.

On Tuesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Tehran has succeeded in enriching uranium on a small scale for the first time.

"...Iran is not adhering to the international community's requirements. I do think that the UNSC need to take into consideration this move by Iran and that it will be time when it reconvenes on this case for strong steps to make certain we maintain the credibility of the international community on this issue," Rice said.

The Secretary of State warned that if the Iranians continue down this course, "there has to be some course of action by the Security Council".

Rice said the international community has made a clear statement that Iran should live up to the obligations prescribed by UNSC and was to return to negotiations after suspending enrichment activities.

She said the Bush administration was in touch with other Security Council members in this regard. "...When the Security Council reconvenes, I think it will be time for action."