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U.S. Says Iran Must Cooperate On Nuclear Program


3 August 2004 -- U.S. officials are warning Iran that it will face rising international pressure and isolation if it refuses to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about its nuclear programs.

U.S. President George W. Bush said yesterday that the United States is working with France, Britain, and Germany to pressure Iran to be transparent about its nuclear programs.

"We are paying very close attention to Iran, and we have ever since I've been in office here," Bush said. "We are working with our friends to keep the pressure on the mullahs to listen to the demands of the free world."

White House national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said Iran's government should be "isolated" because of its lack of cooperation -- "not engaged." Rice said U.S. officials are working with Europe and other IAEA members on "a very tough set of resolutions" demanding Iranian cooperation.

The warnings came two days after Iran said it had resumed building nuclear centrifuges, which the United States says are intended to enrich uranium to weapons grade for use in bombs.

Iran's decision backtracks from a pledge in October to Britain, France, and Germany to suspend all uranium enrichment-related activities.

Iran insists its nuclear programs are for producing electricity.

(Reuters)
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