5+1 states 'unite' on pressuring Iran: Clinton

5+1 states are united in working toward pressuring Iran over its nuclear program, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

5+1 states 'unite' on pressuring Iran: Clinton

5+1 states are united in working toward pressuring Iran over its nuclear program, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.

Senior diplomats from Britain, France, Germany, Russia, the United States and a low level diplomat from China met in New York on Saturday to discuss the possibility of placing more international sanctions on Iran.

Iran says the program is designed to generate electricity so that it can export more of its valuable oil and gas. But U.S.-led Western states acuse Iran of aiming at nuclear weapons.

"We are unified in our resolve to work toward pressure on Iran in the face of their continuing rejection of the overtures by the international community," Clinton said at a news conference.

Earlier this month China argued in public that now was not the right time to place further sanctions on Iran and it sent only a low level official to attend Saturday's meeting while the other powers sent senior foreign ministry officials.

"Let me be clear: we will not be waited out and we will not back down," Clinton said.

Reuters
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