Iran overtures 'clearly not sufficient': White House
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) warned on Friday that diplomatic overtures from Iranian President Hassan Rowhani, while welcome, are not enough for it to consider loosening sanctions aimed at Tehran's nuclear programme.
White House national security spokesman Ben Rhodes said President Barack Obama has no plans to meet Mr Rowhani at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly next week, and would maintain pressure on Iran when he addresses the body.
Washington believes Iran is seeking to develop the capability to build a nuclear weapons and has marshalled an economic sanctions regime to force Tehran to negotiate a way to open its programme to international inspection.
Tehran's Islamist government denies that it is developing a bomb, while insisting it has a right to explore civilian nuclear power and research, and since Mr Rowhani's election in June has been making diplomatic gestures.