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Tehran to give up nuclear ambitions: Rice

US said that Tehran had no choice but to give up its nuclear ambitions if it wishes to be a part of international community.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2006 08:25 IST

Warning that it could not afford to waste time on Iran, the United States said that Tehran had "no choice" but to give up its nuclear ambitions if it wishes to be a part of international community.

"We are doing everything we can to send a strong signal to the Iranians that they have no choice," US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice said.

"If the international community stays really solid, Iran cannot stand the kind of isolation from the international community that, for instance North Korea endures almost by choice", she added.

"There is a chance to resolve the crisis diplomatically, she said, "but we can't afford to waste time."

Rice said that the stage has not been set for seeking sanctions against Iran at this point of time and the focus is on the Presidential Statement from the UN Security Council.

"We are not yet at that stage of seeking sanctions. What we are doing now is seeking a Presidential Statement that would make clear to Iran the international community's determination that it live up to obligations that everyone thinks Iran has. We are working through it."

On Russia, Rice said that both Washington and Moscow hold similar view about the problem.

"The Russians do not want a nuclear weapon in Iran either," Rice said.

First Published: Mar 27, 2006 08:25 IST