Clinton: Iran Talks Were Productive But Incomplete

Clinton: Iran Talks Were Productive But Incomplete

Published October 1, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that six-power talks with Iran had "opened the door" to potential progress on clarifying Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Speaking to reporters shortly after the talks ended in Switzerland, Clinton struck a cautious tone, saying it remained to be seen whether the Iranians would act decisively to address concerns about their nuclear intentions.

"There were a number of issues raised, put on the table, and now we have to wait and see how quickly — and whether — Iran responds," she said. She did not specify the issues or speak in detail about how Iran should respond.

Clinton said she got a rundown on the substance of the talks in a telephone call from William Burns, who represented the Obama administration. The other countries involved were Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.

"It was a productive day but the proof of that has not yet come to fruition, so we'll wait and continue to press our point of view and see what Iran decides to do," Clinton said.

Asked whether the administration's strategy of offering to engage more directly in dialogue with Iran was now paying off, she said more than gestures and discussions are required in order to meet the administration's goals.

"I will count it as a positive sign when it moves from gestures and engagements to actions and results," she said. "That's a necessary pathway and I think we're on it. We've always said we would engage. But we're not talking for the sake of talking," she said, adding, "Today's meeting opened the door, but let's see what happens."

Written by Associated Press

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