"Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that Iran's refusal to prove that its nuclear intentions are peaceful has "profound consequences" for world security.
Clinton said the Obama administration's offer to engage with Iran remains on the table, but Tehran faces new penalties and greater isolation unless it complies with demands that it be forthcoming about its plans.
She also said that time is running out for the country to show it is serious about addressing concerns about its nuclear program and that the matter would be a top priority at next week's United Nations General Assembly session.
"Iran's continued failure to live up to its obligations carries profound consequences for the security of the United States and our allies," Clinton said in a speech at the Brookings Institution that previewed the administration's agenda for the U.N. meeting. "Our concern is not Iran's right to develop peaceful nuclear energy, but its responsibility to demonstrate that its program is intended exclusively for peaceful purposes."
At the United Nations, Clinton will meet with her counterparts from the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council -- Britain, China, France and Russia -- along with Germany -- to plot a way forward on Iran. The six nations have offered Iran incentives to halt activities that could lead to development of atomic weapons."
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