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Clinton: Iranian Nuclear Proposals 'Nonstarters'

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says United States will use "all elements" of its power to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States will use "all elements of American power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."

Speaking after talks in Jerusalem with senior Israeli officials, Clinton said everyone prefers a diplomatic resolution, and that Israel and the United States are "on the same page" regarding Iran.

"Today's consultations were particularly timely because our two-track policy of diplomacy and pressure is in full move here because of the P5+1 talks with the imposition of even tougher sanctions. We know the sanctions are biting, Israel and the United States agree on that. And we talked about concrete steps that we can take to continue to build the pressure," Clinton said at a press conference.

Clinton said Iran's proposals made at world power talks -- the so-called P5+1 -- were what she called "nonstarters."

"As to the diplomatic track, I made very clear that the proposals we have seen from Iran thus far within the P5+1 negotiations are nonstarters. Despite three rounds of talks, it appears that Iran has yet to make a strategic decision to address the international community's concerns and fulfil their obligations under the IAEA and the UN Security Council," Clinton explained.

Iran has repeatedly denied it is developing nuclear weapons, something the West suspects.

Clinton, arriving in Jerusalem from newly Islamist-controlled Egypt, said that her message to Egyptian leaders was to maintain the peace treaty with Israel.

"This weekend, I travelled to Cairo. I met with the new president, a number of other key stakeholders as well as Field Marshal Tantawi. My message in public and in private was the same: the United States and the international community look to the new leaders of Egypt to play a constructive role in advancing regional peace and security, in particular by upholding their international agreements including the peace treaty with Israel," Clinton said.

Clinton hasn't visited Israel since September 2010. Analysts say that is due to little progress on Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, which Clinton also raised with Israeli leaders.

U.S.-sponsored peace talks froze in 2010 after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected Palestinian demands that he extend a partial freeze on settlement construction.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters

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