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
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