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Obama vows to make new push on Iranian nuclear stalemate

English.news.cn   2012-11-15 05:37:36            

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed to make new diplomatic push aimed to solve the Iranian nuclear stalemate, noting that there is still a "window of time" to settle the issue peacefully.

"I will try to make a push in the coming months to see if we can open up a dialogue between Iran and not just us but the international community, to see if we can get this thing resolved, " Obama said in his first White House press conference since his re-election.

"We're not going to let Iran get a nuclear weapon, but I think there is still a window of time for us to resolve this diplomatically," he added.

The Obama administration has repeatedly said that there is still time and space to solve the Iranian nuclear issue peacefully, although it has made it clear the United States will not allow Tehran to have a nuclear bomb.

Last month, the New York Times, quoting Obama administration officials, reported that the United States and Iran had agreed for the first time to have one-on-one talks over the latter's controversial nuclear program. The White House later quickly denied the report.

At Wednesday's press conference, Obama again denied that the one-on-one talks with Iran were imminent.

But he also pointed out that Washington will not be " constrained by diplomatic niceties or protocols" if Tehran demonstrates seriousness about finding a solution.

The West has been accusing Iran of secretly developing nuclear weapons under civilian disguise, a charge always denied by Tehran.

Some American foreign policy experts are suggesting that the Obama administration, after it won its new four-year mandate, may be able to show greater flexibility in dealing with Iran.

"If Iran negotiates seriously, you could imagine greater flexibility by the Obama administration," Michael O'Hanlon, senior fellow with the Washington-based Brookings Institution, told Xinhua. "Some kind of compromise deal could be allowing the Iranians to keep some of their highly-enriched uranium."

But he also stressed that a potential deal requires Iran to be "flexible" too and show "major constraints."

"Obama will not tolerate a Iranian nuclear weapon," O'Hanlon said.

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