Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has described sanctions against Iran as not inevitable and urged Iran to work with the international community.
Clinton was answering questions on international action over Iran's controversial uranium enrichment program at a press conference here on Tuesday.
The RIA Novosti news agency quoted her as saying: "We are not at that point (when sanctions are inevitable); it is not the conclusion to which we have already come."
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a news conference after she met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov(R) in Moscow, capital of Russia, on Oct, 13, 2009. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Russia and the United States have made considerable progress on a new nuclear arms reduction treaty.
She also reiterated the United States preferred that Iran work with the international community, represented through the format of "five plus one" (the five permanent United Nations Security Council members of the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany).
Iran had every right to pursue a peaceful nuclear energy program, but it had no right to have nuclear weapons, said Clinton, adding that Russia agreed with the United States on that, according to the Interfax news agency.