April 6, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC urged the P5+1 -- the five UN Security Council permanent members and
-- to make clear to
that it cannot drag out negotiations endlessly, while simultaneously pushing ahead with its nuclear program. The latest round of talks in
ended today in stalemate.
"The P5+1 have tried innumerable ways, including all-important direct negotiations, to stop
's drive for nuclear-weapons capability.
has consistently frustrated these overtures," said AJC Executive Director
. "The disappointing, but not surprising, outcome of the
's nuclear program further underscores the need to convince
that trying to run out the clock won't work."
In advance of the
indicated it would present a new proposal to resolve the issue of its controversial nuclear program. But
, the EU foreign policy chief who has led the negotiations with
, said after this round of talks that the sides "remain far apart on the substance."
negotiations was a follow-up round to the meetings in the
capital in February, and of technical experts in
Among those world leaders most suspicious of
's intentions is IAEA Director
, who told the Associated Press days before the
talks of his concerns. "We have information indicating that
is engaged in activities relevant to the development of nuclear explosive devices, and continues to deal with that," said Amano.
reiterated last month during his
visit that "all options are on the table" to stop
from achieving nuclear-weapons capability.
"With no date set for another round of talks, and
advancing its nuclear program, the U.S., together with the other five powers, must consider what additional concrete actions are necessary to underscore their resolve, and to convince the Iranian regime of the dire consequences of continued non-cooperation," said Harris.