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US to keep up Iran sanctions: Rice

by Staff Writers
Palo Alto, California (AFP) May 22, 2008
The United States will keep up its sanctions on Iran until it renounces its program of enriching uranium, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday.

"We will continue to designate entities as we find them trying to use the international financial system for their ill-gotten games," she said during a plane ride to California with British counterpart David Miliband.

"And yes, we are going to continue to do it and we are going to continue to do it aggressively."

Iran has said it is ready to enter "serious and targeted" negotiations with world powers on a wide range of issues, including nuclear energy,

In a package, attached to a May 13 letter from Iran's foreign minister to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Islamic republic offered talks on nuclear disarmament and the peaceful use of atomic technology, according to the translation posted on the website of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS).

But Iran's proposal to six world powers -- the United States, France, Britain, Russia, Germany and China -- does not include any promise to halt uranium enrichment work, which it has continued in defiance of UN sanctions.

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No talk of Iran blockade: US speaker
Washington (AFP) May 22, 2008
US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Thursday denied reports that she had discussed a US naval blockade of Iran with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

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