Monday, September 18, 2006

U.S. wants to see 'verifiable suspension' by Iran

The United States wants to see a "verifiable suspension" of Iran's nuclear enrichment program so that there can be negotiations leading to a broader agreement, White House national security adviser Stephen Hadley said on Monday.

Hadley traveled with President George W. Bush to New York for the U.N. General Assembly where Iran's nuclear ambitions are expected to be a key issue.

The United States is hoping Iran would "agree to a verifiable suspension so we can begin to negotiate the details of that broader package," he said referring to the offer by the United States and EU-3.

Asked whether the suspension could be temporary, Hadley replied: "Sure that's what it is. It's a verifiable suspension so that you can have discussions. One of the issues in these discussions will be what happens to this enrichment program over the long term." READ MORE