Monday, July 21, 2008

Rice Warns Iran of “Punitive Measures”

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Arab allies in the United Arab Emirates today after warning Iran of "punitive measures" if it does not respond seriously in two weeks to an international incentive to freeze uranium enrichment activities.

Meanwhile, the White House signaled that it expected Iran to reject a US-backed freeze-on-freeze proposal that could open the doors for serious negotiations to end the nuclear standoff.

"It is the position of the P5-plus-one that Iran should suspend its uranium enrichment, that we provided a very generous incentives package that they apparently are going to miss an opportunity to accept," said spokeswoman Dana Perino.

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