Special Report: Iran Nuclear Crisis
WASHINGTON, July 20 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Admiral Michael
Mullen urged on Sunday the international community to increase economic and
political pressure on Iran in the settlement of the crisis over Tehran's nuclear
Speaking to the Fox network, Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs, said that he felt encouraged by the talks
between European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iranian top
nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili Saturday in Geneva, in the presence of U.S.
Undersecretary of State William Burns and senior diplomats from China, Russia,
Britain, France and Germany.
"I believe that the international community needs to
continue to bring pressure on Iran both economically, financially,
diplomatically, politically, to continue to bring them to a point where we can
all deal with this issue of nuclear weapons," Mullen said.
"The pressure has got to continue to be brought
specifically on Iran to not proceed in this regard," he said.
The nuclear talks in Geneva focused on the package of
incentives offered by the six world powers, made up of five permanent members of
the UN Security Council plus Germany, to Tehran to breathe life into the earlier
deadlocked nuclear negotiations.
However, Iran did not give clear answer to a package
of incentives for suspending its nuclear program, Solana told reporters after
talks with Jalili in the presence of Burns.
"We have not got a clear answer ... and I hope to
have an answer to that and other questions in two weeks' time," he