US eyes 'united front' against Iran's nuclear issue

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The United States has been seeking a "united front" with other five major powers to stop Tehran from militarizing its nuclear program, said the US State Department on Monday.

"We have an opportunity here to present a united front to show that the international community wants them to abandon any plans they have for a militarization of their nuclear program," spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters at the daily press briefing.

"We are united in this common goal of getting the Iranians to introduce more transparency into their nuclear program," said the spokesman, referring to a meeting scheduled on October 1 between Iran and the six major powers, namely the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany.

The six powers last week accepted an offer from Tehran to hold wide-ranging talks. The Obama administration expects the talks would focus on Iran's nuclear issue, but Tehran insists that they would talk only about "international cooperation and resolving global economic and security problems."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday said that processing peaceful nuclear technology is Iran's "legal and definitive right, and it will not hold discussions about its undeniable rights."

(Xinhua News Agency September 15, 2009)

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