Thursday, October 1, 2009

Obama: Nuclear Talks with Iran a “Constructive Beginning”

President Obama today called talks with Iran over its nuclear program “a constructive beginning.”

The president said now that Iran has agreed to open its newly disclosed nuclear enrichment facility to international inspection, it “must grant unfettered access” to inspectors within two weeks.

“Talk is no substitute for action,” Obama said at the White House after the nuclear talks ended earlier in the day in Geneva. “Our patience is not unlimited.”

The president said that if Iran followed through with concrete steps, “there is a path to a better relationship.”

He said Iran’s promise during the talks to transfer some of its low-enriched uranium to another country for processing was an example of such a step.

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