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No change in policy on Iran: US
www.chinaview.cn 2003-12-31 06:08:18

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- The White House said on Tuesdaythat there is no change in US policy towards Iran although the United States sent aid to the Asian country to help deal with a devastating quake that killed over 40,000 people.

    "The US has a clear and consistent policy towards Iran and that policy is not changed," White House spokesman Trent Duffy told reporters in Crawford, Texas, where President George W. Bush is spending his holiday.

    He said Tehran needs to take necessary steps to address US concerns before a lasting thaw in bilateral relationship.

    "We have made clear to the Iranian government on many occasionsour grave concerns regarding its support for terrorism, pursuit ofweapons of mass destruction and other activities," he said, addingthat "The Iranians are well aware of the steps we look to them to overcome these concerns."

    Responding to a question, Duffy said that Secretary of State Colin Powell's remarks that the United States is open to restoringa dialogue with Iran is consistent with US policy.

    Powell made the remarks in an interview published by The Washington Post on Tuesday.

    "Our policy remains that we're willing to engage with Iran on specific issues of mutual concern and in an appropriate manner if and when the president decides it is in the interests of the United States to do so," Duffy said.

    "Secretary Powell was expressing the views the president expressed, that the future of Iran will be decided by the people of Iran," the spokesman added. Enditem

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