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U.S.: Time for reaching diplomatic solution to Iran nuclear standoff limited

In briefing, White House spokesman says Obama administrations top priority is Iran's cessation of 20%-grade uranium enrichment in its Fordo underground facility.

by Barak Ravid, Haaretz

April 9, 2012 | 3:13 pm

Iranian workers in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, 746 miles south of Tehran, on Oct. 26, 2010. Photo by REUTERS/Mehr News Agency/Majid Asgaripour

Iranian workers in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, 746 miles south of Tehran, on Oct. 26, 2010. Photo by REUTERS/Mehr News Agency/Majid Asgaripour

Time is not infinite for nuclear talks between Iran and the West, a White House said on Monday, five days before a planned round of talks was set to begin, adding that the window of opportunity in which a diplomatic solution can be reached is closing.

In a briefing by White House press secretary Jay Carney, the U.S. official said that, as a first priority ahead of nuclear talks, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama put the cessation of Iran’s enrichment of 20 percent grade uranium in its underground facility in Fordo.

However, Carney added, the “bottom line” in upcoming talks would be to get Tehran to relinquish its nuclear aspirations altogether, ceasing all enrichment activities in the country.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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