The Straits Times
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Published on Oct 31, 2012
 

Clinton renews call to Iran for 'serious' nuclear talks

 
 

SARAJEVO (AFP) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday renewed her call to Iran to start serious talks on its nuclear programme, stressing that a window for negotiations will not be open indefinitely.

"Our message to Iran is clear: our window remains open to resolve the international community's concerns about your nuclear programme diplomatically ... but that window can not remain open indefinitely," she told reporters in Sarajevo, the first leg of her five-nation Balkans tour.

Mrs Clinton voiced hope that Tehran would soon start "serious, good faith negotiations" over the issue.

Several rounds of negotiations between world powers and Teheran have failed to produce much progress over transparency in an Iranian nuclear programme that the West suspects is a front for developing nuclear weapons.