No more stalling on Iran: Rice

Published on Mar 24, 2006 03:47 AM IST

"There is no time for delay in taking on this issue. The international community has got to act," Rice said of the discussions on a draft UN Security Council.

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None | ByAgence France-Presse, Washington

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, displaying impatience with slow UN talks on Iran's nuclear activities, warned on Thursday "there can't be any stalling" in dealing with the potential threat.

"There is no time for delay in taking on this issue. The international community has got to act," Rice said of the discussions on a draft UN Security Council statement on Iran that have been snagged by objections from Russia and China.

Speaking to reporters after talks with Greek Foreign Minister Theodora Bakoyannis, the chief US diplomat again called for a united front to press Tehran to give up suspected plans to build a nuclear bomb.

"People are looking to the international community to show that this can indeed be dealt with diplomatically," Rice said. "We are committed to a diplomatic solution, but it has to be dealt with."

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