Iran Nuclear NewsUS admits 'tactical differences' with Russia, China on Iran

US admits ‘tactical differences’ with Russia, China on Iran


AFP: The United States has “tactical differences” with Russia and China on adopting new UN sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear program, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said. WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States has “tactical differences” with Russia and China on adopting new UN sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear program, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said.

But Rice, speaking to USA Today after fresh talks with them, said the major powers still agreed on a carrot-and-stick strategy with Tehran despite new US intelligence showing Iran had stopped an alleged atomic arms program in 2003.

“Well, we’ve had affirmations from everyone that the two-track strategy remains in place,” Rice told the daily when asked if the National Intelligence Estimate, published December 3, undercut the US drive for sanctions.

“We have some tactical differences with Russia, in particular, and to a certain extent, China, about timing, about the nature of any further sanctions,” Rice was quoted as saying.

“But I do believe that people understand that we need to continue moving forward,” she added.

The United States has been involved in talks with Russia, China, Britain and France — which make up the five permanent UN Security Council members that all have veto power — and Germany.

The strategy aims at offering Iran a dialogue that could give it economic benefits if it stops enriching uranium or at threating a third round of punitive sanctions.

The political directors of the US State Department and foreign ministries of the five other countries held a 90-minute conference call on Tuesday about Iran’s nuclear program, but did not finalize a draft sanctions resolution.

“There will need to be another” conference call, Rice told the newspaper.

“We continue to have some tactical differences about what we might do going forward,” she said.

Rice said Monday that she hoped Washington would be able to submit a third binding UN resolution on Iran before the Security Council in the next few weeks.

Russia and China have been reluctant to endorse new sanctions.

Washington fears Iran’s program is for a nuclear weapon, while Tehran insists it is peaceful.

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