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Clinton calls on Iran to prove it’s not pursuing nuclear weapons
Following meeting with Turkish PM, US secretary of state urges Tehran to open facilities to UN inspectors and ship out enriched uranium
April 1, 2012, 8:23 pm

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STANBUL (AP) — US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday urged Iran to back up its declaration that Islam bars weapons of mass destruction by agreeing to a plan that would prove it does not intend to develop nuclear arms.

Ahead of international talks April 13 in Istanbul on Iran’s uranium enrichment program, Clinton talked strategy with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who visited Tehran last week with other government officials. “They were told that the supreme leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) viewed weapons of mass destruction as religiously prohibited, as against Islam,” Clinton said at a news conference. “We are meeting with the Iranians to discuss how to translate what is a stated belief into a plan of action,” she said. “It is not an abstract belief, but a government policy. That government policy can be demonstrated in a number of ways. … The international community now wants to see actions associated with that statement of belief.” She mentioned opening Iran’s nuclear facilities to international inspectors and shipping out some of Iran’s enriched uranium in exchange for fuel for its research reactor. Washington and its allies see Iran’s nuclear program as designed to develop an atomic bomb. Tehran says the program is for peaceful energy and research purposes. The upcoming talks, which Clinton said would not be “an open-ended session,” have taken on fresh urgency amid speculation that Israel or the U.S. could take military action later this year. Clinton has made clear that time is running out for diplomacy.

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