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US not setting deadlines on Iran: Clinton

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Washington is “not setting deadlines” for a diplomatic resolution of the Western dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program.

In an interview with Bloomberg Radio, Clinton claimed the US administration still considers a diplomatic solution as “by far the best approach,” but repeated the US rhetoric of pressure against the Islamic Republic.

In early 2012, the US and the EU approved new sanctions against Iran’s oil and financial sectors. The illegal embargoes aim to prevent other countries from purchasing the Iranian oil or transacting with the Central Bank of Iran.

The illegal US-engineered sanctions were imposed over the unfounded accusation that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran has vehemently refuted the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to use nuclear technology for peaceful objectives.

“We’re convinced that we have more time to focus on these sanctions,” Clinton said in the interview.

In response to a question on whether the Obama administration would ‘lay out sharper red lines’ as requested by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Clinton said, “We’re not setting deadlines.”

On September 2, Netanyahu called on the international community to set a “clear red line” for Iran to halt its nuclear energy program.

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