Rice: Iran Must Halt Nuclear Program Before Any Talks

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday said that Iran must verifiably freeze its efforts to enrich uranium -- a key step toward developing nuclear weapons, Agence France Presse reported. "The international community is united on what Iran should do and that is to suspend [uranium enrichment] to demonstrate that it is in fact not seeking a nuclear weapon under cover of civil nuclear power," Rice said, adding that talks with Iran could not start while it "continues to try to perfect technologies that are going to lead to a nuclear weapon." Iran has rebuffed multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions demanding that it end its illicit nuclear program and faces more stringent sanctions if its non-compliance continues.

Source: AIPAC

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